When a baby-faced Tom Brady made his first trip to the Super Bowl 19 years ago, Kurt Warner served up the main headline at media day by revealing he wanted to be remembered as the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls.
That was one more than Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.
It was also four more than Warner had, but the St. Louis Rams’ QB and engineer of the “Greatest Show on Turf” insisted at the time that it wasn’t a pipe dream.
“Is it realistic? I believe it is," he mused that day inside the Superdome in New Orleans. "I believe every time I step on the field I can win and we can go to the Super Bowl.”
As it turned out, there was indeed a swashbuckling quarterback in Super Bowl 36 that would go on to amass an unparalleled playoff resume and an unmatched collection of rings.
Brady began his run as the most successful QB in NFL history by leading the two-touchdown underdog Patriots to a 20-17 win over Rams that weekend.
Warner went into broadcasting and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame having never hoisted a second Lombardi Trophy.
Brady is shooting for his seventh ring when he leads the Buccaneers (14-5) against the reigning champion Chiefs (16-2) in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday. Brady's postseason record includes a 33-11 mark, 14 conference championship appearances and 10 trips to the Super Bowl. He's beaten 27 quarterbacks in the playoffs, including Byron Leftwich, his current offensive coordinator and former Jaguars QB whom he got the better of in the 2006 wild-card round.