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10/30/2006 02:39:00 PM

Is Brady Overrated?

Tom Brady has won two Super Bowl MVPs. But what has he done lately?
Damian Strohmeyer/SI

Sports Illustrated's player poll on the most overrated player in the NFL has touched off controversy around the country -- especially in Dallas and Chicago. Terrell Owens topped the poll of 361 players, and Brian Urlacher was second. Ray Lewis, Michael Vick, Eli Manning, Keyshawn Johnson and Peyton Manning round out the top seven.

I would add Tom Brady to the list.

If the Patriots hadn't drafted Brady, there's no way he'd be compared to Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas. Would Brady be a Pro Bowler? Probably; he obviously has a ton of talent. But his elevated status has a lot to do with the incredible Patriots system. It's no mistake that the Patriots ran out as a team before they beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. If ever there was a whole bigger than its parts, it's this team.

Nevertheless, the world has anointed Brady the unquestioned King of the NFL.

I have always thought people overrate players who win championships in every sport. If Derek Jeter is the greatest shortstop of his era because of his rings, does that make Luis Sojo the top second baseman? Same goes for the Patriots. Is Matt Light the greatest tackle of the 2000s because New England won three Super Bowls?

Before you angrily respond, remember that this is about perception. I'm not saying Brady isn't a great quarterback. I'm saying the hype has gone too far.

With that, my pick for tonight: Brady leads the Pats to a hard-fought 21-19 win over a revved-up Vikings squad. Hey, I said he's overrated. I didn't say I was betting against him in a close game.

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