For the last two weeks, the conversation has been QB Patrick Mahomes vs. QB Tom Brady. Baby Goat vs. the Goat. There’s no doubt that Tom Brady has earned his Goat status in the modern NFL. 10 league championship games with six wins is incredible in the Super Bowl era. However, no one seems to mention the first quarterback that established this status. Browns Hall of Fame QB Otto Graham. Graham went to 10 consecutive league championships, winning seven. 10 CONSECUTIVE..
Sure, some will argue four of those championships came in the All American Football Conference and the competition was subpar. But one could argue the competition for Brady in six of those league championships wasn’t great as well. Playing for New England in the AFC East all those years certainly helped.
What’s astonishing is Otto Graham played in those 10 championships for the same team. Can you think of any other quarterback playing in a league championship every year they played for the same team? I can’t and it would be almost impossible in today’s NFL. Graham was named NFL MVP in 1951, 1953 and 1955. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame All 1950 Team and NFL Top 100 All-Time Team. He made the Pro Bowl from 1950 to 1954. Graham was also first-team All-Pro in 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955. When he played, he was in the top-10 in passing yards, touchdown passes, quarterback rating and pass completion percentage in each of his 10 years with the Browns. Graham’s record as a starter was 57-13-1. He only lost 13 games in 10 years. That’s Goat status.
I’m not here to take anything away from Tom Brady’s greatness. What he has done in his NFL career is astonishing. If I were creating a Mount Rushmore of NFL quarterbacks, he and Graham would have their faces on that mountain. While the league doesn’t recognize the existence of the AAFC and its statistics, the NFL can’t ignore the greatness of Otto Graham. Remember if Tom Brady wins the Super Bowl this Sunday, he will have only tied the original NFL Goat in championship wins.