NFL Star Tom Brady Responds to NBA’s LeBron James Not Labeling Him the GOAT Athlete

by Matthew Wilson

Love him or hate him, NFL superstar Tom Brady is one of the best at what he does. But NBA titan LeBron James certainly doesn’t think so. Recently, the Tampa Bay quarterback responded to comments from James that he’s not the greatest athlete of all time.

Brady appeared on The Shop earlier in June and discussed his football prowess. The NFL has had some impressive quarterbacks in its storied history. But few hold the resume that Brady does. As for James’ comments, Brady just let them roll off his shoulders. He opted to approach the topic with a touch of humility instead.

“I can really just be the best with the body that I was given,” Brady said. “There’s certain things that I certainly cannot do. And I have the awareness to realize, ‘OK, I can’t do those things.’ You can’t do everyone else’s job. I can’t block, tackle, run, catch — sure as hell can’t run — but I can throw the s— out of the ball. So, let me just do that. And let me do that really well.”

LeBron James Comments on Tom Brady

In 2017, LeBron James discussed what athlete should be the GOAT. Some would throw James name in the hat, as the 2019 USA TODAY poll proved. James ranked at No.1 over No. 3 Brady for top athlete for the decade. James has four NBA rings to his name. Meanwhile, the legendary Bill Russell holds the record at 11.

James didn’t believe that a football player whether it be Brady or someone else could hold the GOAT title.

“My only argument with a football player being the greatest athlete of all time is that they only gotta play one side of the floor, man,” James told CBS Sports in 2017. “Yes, Brady is unbelievable. Brady is the greatest quarterback I’ve ever seen, but he affects the game one way.”

At the time, James credited New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick with Brady’s wins more than the athlete himself.

“As physical as football is — and to the body, I know it’s crazy to the body — but for a quarterback, [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick has done a great job of implementing those five guys in front to protect that asset,” James said. “For us [as basketball players], every single night, you gotta know both sides. … When I played football, offensively, I never even talked to the defensive side. I never even talked to y’all. Ain’t nothing to talk about.”

But Brady arguably proved that argument wrong in the most recent season. Transferring to Tampa Bay, Brady took the team to the Super Bowl and won. Brady became the oldest quarterback to ever win the coveted championship and also holds the most victories at the Super Bowl in NFL history.