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What does GOAT mean and why is it used to refer to Tom Brady in the NFL?

Tom Brady, who is widely known as the GOAT, is expected to retire from the NFL after 22 seasons. What does this term mean, and why is Brady called the GOAT?

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Tom Brady, who is widely known as the GOAT, is expected to retire from the NFL after 22 seasons. What does this term mean, and why is Brady called the GOAT?
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The journey of the greatest quarterback in NFL history and possibly the greatest player to ever walk the planet had to end one day, and this day seems quite soon.

One of NFL’s most prestigious reporters, Ian Rapoport, announced that Brady is expected to retire from the league in the next few days when the quarterback himself will make it official. 

The seven-time Super Bowl champion has carried the New England Patriots for 20 years and made history with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2020 with extraordinary career stats- enough to call him the GOAT.

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What does The GOAT mean?

One of the most popular terms with which Tom Brady has always been known is 'The GOAT' , which has also been used to refer to other great athletes such as Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pelé, among others.

The GOAT basically means 'The Greatest of All Time,' and it has been used for several decades by the United States press. Legendary boxer Mohamed Ali, basketball player Michael Jordan, and golfer Tiger Woods, were all also referred to as the GOATs back in the day.

How and when did the term GOAT become legit? In 1992, when Muhammad Ali’s wife Lonnie Ali, established Greatest of All Time, Inc. (GOAT, Inc.) to license her husband's intellectual properties. Later on, the company was renamed Muhammad Ali Enterprises, and the term remains used to this day.

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