Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes Similar to Michael Jordan vs LeBron James Showdown, Says NFL Legend

Published 01/25/2021, 1:15 AM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl last night after defeating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game. Now, Brady enters his 10th Super Bowl ready to take on Kansas City Chiefs, and the man many have dubbed his successor; Patrick Mahomes.

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Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes = Michael Jordan vs LeBron James

Former NFL player Tony Romo compared the upcoming Tom Brady – Patrick Mahomes showdown to another oft-discussed ‘what if’ scenario. Romo believes that the Super Bowl titans going against each other is akin to NBA Legends Michael Jordan and LeBron James facing each other in the NBA Finals.

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While NFL fans are getting their dream scenario, NBA fans will have to keep imagining it. Michael Jordan and LeBron James are two of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Both have been trailblazers of the game and the faces of basketball for much of their entire career. But the discussion still remains; who was better? – Mike or Bron.

Fans of the older generation consider Michael Jordan the GOAT because he won six consecutive NBA championships in a tougher era. Additionally, Jordan never lost in the NBA finals, nor did he ever let the series go to a game seven. Michael Jordan’s biggest advantage over LeBron, according to many, was his killer mentality and unmatched desire to win at all costs.

LeBron or Jordan – who is the GOAT?

However, many believe that LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan because he entered the NBA with all the pressure on his shoulder. Before he even stepped onto an NBA court, LeBron was dubbed ‘the chosen one’ – the successor to Michael Jordan. And he has delivered multiple times despite having all the pressure on his shoulders.

Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) tosses powder in the air before a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps there will never be one definite answer to the GOAT debate. The two players are just very different, and their careers are not easily comparable for various reasons.

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However, they will still be considered the greatest ever. While NBA fans will never get a Jordan-LeBron match, NFL fans look forward to the clash of generations at the Super Bowl between Brady and Mahomes.

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Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Both Brady and Mahomes will be gunning for another Super Bowl title to solidify their legacies. Perhaps the outcome of the Super Bowl might give an indication of who would win between Jordan and LeBron.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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