Tom Brady "defies logic" and NFL star is greatest of all time says Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora believes Tom Brady is the greatest sportsperson of all time – and it's hard to disagree with the two-time Super Bowl winner.

While Umenyiora topped the NFL world twice with the New York Giants, beating Brady and the New England Patriots in both trophy matches, Brady has seven rings to his name.

He has a chance at making it eight this year with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers again proving a force to be reckoned with.

The 44-year-old, yes 44, could also be picking up a trophy this side of the Atlantic as he is up for the World SPOTY award.

And Umenyiora believes Brady should be classed as the greatest sports star to ever live, saying: "I always say this, maybe because I played in the NFL, but the quarterback position has to be the hardest position to play in sports in terms of the mental ability you need and physical ability you need.

"For him to perform at that level, and win everything that he's won at this age, it defies logic.

"He's definitely the best sportsperson in terms of what he's accomplished in his sport. I don't think we've ever ever seen anything like it.

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"Quite frankly, when he retires, I can't think of a way we ever will see anything like this ever again. It's been magnificent."

Brady's first Super Bowl success came at the end of the 2001 season with the quarterback gaining his most recent title earlier this year.

And Umenyiora praised his longevity though insists Brady's style is still the same.

"He's still playing the same way as he was a decade ago. He still processes information very quickly, gets the ball out of his hands.

"He's doing all the same things he has always done so I wouldn't say his game has progressed that much. I'm just impressed he's still doing the same things he was doing when he was 24, 25 years old.

"That was 20 years ago, most people wouldn't even think of doing some of the things he's able to do."

Vote for Tom Brady for BBC World SPOTY and watch Osi Umenyiora’s expert analysis on BBC’s The NFL Show every Tuesday and Saturday night.

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