Feely: Tom Brady’s leadership sets him apart from Kyler Murray, other QBs
Feb 8, 2021, 10:28 AM | Updated: 10:39 am
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is as successful as they come at the position.
If he wasn’t already considered the greatest of all time, Sunday’s Super Bowl victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs did the trick.
The win gives Brady, who was also named Super Bowl MVP, a total of seven championships, more than any NFL franchise. He also did it in his first season with a new team.
Continued success at the highest level is always difficult to sustain, but given how Brady conducts himself, it’s not much of a surprise.
When looking at how the signal caller handles his business compared to other quarterbacks in the league, such as Arizona’s Kyler Murray, there’s one attribute that sets him above the rest.
“That’s easy, it’s leadership,” CBS Sports NFL analyst and former Cardinals kicker Jay Feely told Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf on Monday. “It’s taking hold of a team and saying, ‘I’m going to be the leader. Everything revolves around me. If it goes bad it’s my fault.’
“It’s taking all those guys and showing them how to work every single day and showing them what it takes to be a champion. The hours, the time, the desire, studying more than anybody else. Going and doing everything you have to do to have your body healthy every single day.”
A way Brady has helped combat Father Time is through keeping his body prepped and ready. The QB has a trainer that is constantly working on him during practices and workouts in what Feely estimates as about two hours every day. While injuries are always a possibility, Brady has put himself in the best spot to avoid any issues with the regimen he has in place.
That type of work could have been beneficial for Murray this past year, who dealt with a nagging shoulder injury that hampered not only his play, but the overall success of the team during the back-half of the season.
The success of the Brady hasn’t gone unnoticed by Murray, either.
“(I watch) the way [Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson] move, the way they go about their business … I’m just trying to take it all in,” Murray said on Pro Football Talk Live last Tuesday.
Brady has fine-tuned his routine in the 21 years he’s been in the league, providing other quarterbacks a blueprint from afar on how to take that next step. He’s dialed in on the little things other quarterbacks may glance over, which in turn has set him on another tier.
Leading by example has a whole other meaning when it comes to Brady.
“That’s what it takes, so everyone else on that team is going to do that,” Feely said. “They’re going to put in the time to study, they’re going to put in the time to take care of their body because Tom Brady’s doing it.
“When he does it, everyone else does it. That’s the biggest difference between, not just in Kyler Murray, but in most everyone else in the NFL.”