Tom Brady has established himself as arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, winning his sixth Super Bowl when the New England Patriots triumphed over the Los Angeles Rams to end the 2018 campaign.
His performances in the biggest games have elevated him to a position above the rest of players to have played the position in the league. Brady has almost every record going, and even though he will be 42 when the 2019 season begins, the Patriots signal-caller will be amongst the leading contenders for the MVP award – challenging to win the crown for the fourth time.
Brady’s skill at finding the open receiver has resulted in 517 touchdowns to date, putting him within range of Peyton Manning’s all-time record of 539. When Brady is throwing from the pocket, good things happen for the Patriots.
When he’s forced to run it’s not quite the result Bill Belichick and company on the sideline are hoping for from the quarterback. However, Brady did break the 1,000 rushing yard barrier in his 19th season, adding a further accolade to his collection. We’ll now break down the five best runs of his distinguished career, although they may look slightly undignified.
5. Keeping The Drive Alive In Super Bowl LI
Everyone knows that the Patriots were in a bit of a hole down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons. After conceding a touchdown early in the second half from a Tevin Coleman score, the Patriots needed a response. Their drive was kept alive on fourth down by a short completion to Danny Amendola.
However, they soon faced third down again. Brady took it upon himself to convert with his legs, rushing for 15 yards to keep the Patriots’ momentum alive. New England scored on the possession to kickstart their memorable comeback.
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4. 17-yard run against Miami
The Patriots quarterback has been the thorn in the side of their AFC East rivals during his 19-year career. He has destroyed the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on a yearly basis, winning the division title in all but three of his years in New England – two of those came when he was a rookie and ruled out for the season.
It’s one thing when Brady cuts teams open with his arm, but it’s another when he runs at the defense. He picked up 17 yards against the Dolphins on this run, taking a hit from safety Walt Aikens before traveling out of bounds. New England won the game 41-13, highlighting their dominance.
3. 1,000 rushing yards
Brady entered the 2018 season 32 rushing yards short of the 1,000 mark. He was determined to break over the barrier to join Brett Favre as the only quarterback to throw for over 70,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. Against the Minnesota Vikings, he was five yards short. Brady was presented with an opportunity after space was vacated by the Vikings’ defense and the quarterback sprinted into the gap to reach the milestone.
2. Up and over in the AFC Championship Game
Brady was not at his best in the AFC Championship Game in the 2011 campaign against the Baltimore Ravens. He threw two interceptions after being stymied by the Ravens’ defense. However, he produced a fine drive to lead the Patriots down the field to take the lead. New England probed away to reach the goal line.
Brady believed that he rushed behind his offensive line to score on second down, but replays proved that the quarterback was stopped short of the line. On third down the Patriots were denied again, putting pressure on the coaching staff for an answer.
Belichick opted to go for on fourth down and was rewarded when Brady put his body on the line to leap over for the score, taking a hit in the back from Ray Lewis in the process. The touchdown was the decisive moment score in the contest, taking the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
1. Juking Urlacher against the Bears
The 2006 campaign was a frustrating one for Brady at times after being robbed of his reliable receivers Deion Branch and David Givens. Brady was forced to work with new receivers and had to task risks to move the ball down the field. Against the Bears with the scores level in the fourth quarter, the quarterback produced the best move with his legs in his career. He converted a vital third down to keep their drive alive.
Without a target to throw to, Brady was forced to run downfield and was faced with future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher. Urlacher was a tackling machine throughout his career, but on this occasion, Brady put a move on the defender to run for 11 yards to earn the first down. It proved vital as New England scored a go-ahead touchdown in the plays that followed that allowed them to clinch a narrow victory.