Tom Brady and his best accomplices throughout his career

The quarterback recounts each of his Super Bowls first-hand in a 10-episode documentary that you can enjoy exclusively on Star +

On the subject of Tom Brady’s docuseries, “Man in the Arena “ from ESPN by Star +, we set out to compile five players who have been the legendary quarterback’s best accomplices on his way through the NFL.

This Tuesday a new chapter of the series opens in which Brady remembers the moments that have defined his career and this 2021 season will be emblematic, as it was in which he became the first quarterback to throw for 600 touchdown passes – already has 618-.

We consider it unfair for Buccaneers players (except for Rob Gronkowski) to compete against others who have been with Brady the longest in the New England Patriots, so while the top five are made up of former Pats, we made a special section for the Brady’s teammates in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team with which he achieved yet another feat: winning a Super Bowl at the headquarters of one of the participating teams.

Let’s go with the names …

5 The corridor Kevin Faulk He is to date the player who played the most games with Brady with 107 and also the one who added the most victories with the stellar quarterback (81).

Faulk played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Patriots, beginning his career in 2001, won three championships and was part of five Patriots teams that reached the Super Bowl. As a running back, he accumulated 864 carries for 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns, unspectacular numbers, but his greatest contribution came when he became an escape valve for Brady, allowing him to keep the series alive.

With Faulk on the field, Brady had a winning percentage of .757 and received 310 passes on 401 attempts for 2,646 yards with 10 touchdowns, meaning he caught 88.3 percent of passes sent his way, the highest percentage of all. players who played at least 30 games alongside Brady.

4 Brown It appears in fourth place, beating Faulk and Branch, who failed to earn a spot on this list.

Brown was key for Brady in his first season as a starter in 2001 and was an important piece for the Patriots who won three titles in a span of four years.

With Brown on the field, Brady had a winning record of .737, completed 68.3 percent of passes sent in his direction (323 of 473) with 15 touchdowns and only provoked one interception.

3 Wes welker He gave a new dimension to the New England offense by providing Brady with a slot receiver capable of destroying defenses by always finding favorable duels on the field.

Welker became a reliable weapon on short routes through midfield and was an important partner in Brady’s dominance in the latter part of the 2000s.

In 78 games played alongside Welker, Brady had his career-best winning percentage with players he played with at least 30 games at .821, and completed 73 percent of his passes (563 of 771) for 34 touchdowns.

Welker is also responsible for the longest touchdown pass of Brady’s career, 99 yards against the Miami Dolphins in 2011. The only reason Welker doesn’t appear higher on this list is because he couldn’t win the Super Bowl. in his two appearances alongside Brady.

two Julian edelman made the transition from collegiate quarterback to NFL wide receiver and ended up becoming one of the most important partners in the career of one of the best quarterbacks in league history. Edelman had 580 receptions for 6,311 yards and 41 touchdowns in 127 games.

Also, Edelman has been instrumental in the last two Super Bowls won by the Patriots, in which he had 14 receptions for 196 yards and a touchdown.

one Finally, the place of honor corresponds to the tight end Rob gronkowski, who has been crucial to Brady’s success in recent years.

Gronkowski is the player who has received the most touchdown passes from Brady with 102. Including touchdown passes in the last Super Bowl against the Chiefs.

Despite persistent injuries recently, Gronkowski has been a linchpin in Brady’s career, with whom he has won Super Bowls on two different teams. Good thing Gronk accepted Brady’s offer to come back from retirement and play alongside him in Tampa.

Recent colleagues: Antonio Brown has been one of Brady’s recent protégés, the quarterback relies on his hands and has been the target of 11 touchdown passes, including two in the past postseason, one of them against the Chiefs.

Brady’s other great partner at Bucs is Chris Evans. He is the receiver with the most TDs in Bucs since the legend arrived in 2020 (23). It has also been from Brady’s hands that Evans has caught his first two touchdown passes in the playoffs.

The great absentee: The biggest name not on this list is undoubtedly wide receiver Randy Moss, but there are different reasons why he was left out.

Moss only played 37 games alongside Brady and while he had a surprising .811 winning percentage (third best among players with at least 30 games with Brady tied with Danny Woodhead, behind Faulk and Aaron Hernandez at .816), his performances did not contribute to Brady looking at his best.

In his short tenure with the Patriots, Moss caught just 192 of 320 passes in his direction, or 60 percent, the lowest of any qualified player on our list. Also, Moss has the honorable record of provoking 14 interceptions by Brady, the most deliveries on passes sent to any player in his entire career.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in the writing of this note.