Days after the conclusion of "The Last Dance," a 10-part, behind-the-scenes series documenting how Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls once dominated pro basketball, ESPN has ordered another special on an all-time American sports icon. Tom Brady will be the focus of "Man In The Arena," a nine-part series set to air sometime in 2021, the company announced Thursday. ESPN released a trailer for the series featuring video clips and photos from throughout Brady's life, all voiced over by the former Patriot. The film will be co-produced by Brady's new production company, 199 Productions, and Religion of Sports, an outlet the quarterback co-founded. Filmmaker Gotham Chopra, who collaborated with Brady on his Facebook series "Tom vs. Time," will lead the project.
On Sunday, with over 100 million people watching, the New England Patriots superstar could win his fifth Super Bowl, one more than Montana, and perhaps end fans' debate over "the greatest quarterback of all-time." Basing a quarterback's worth on the number of Super Bowl wins has always been a flawed measuring stick. One player on a roster of 53 can't be completely responsible for a team's success or failure, and it may be hard to tell Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton that their accomplishments fell short of the likes of Trent Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler. Unfortunately, the number of Super Bowl wins continues to be the main debate point, raising the interest of Sunday's title game between the Patriots and Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston. Breaking down Brady and Montana is difficult because the NFL has changed so much over the years.
In a way, Tom Brady's performance in Super Bowl LIII was vintage stuff from the New England star. The 41-year-old quarterback has defied age (and perhaps good sense) to play 19 NFL seasons, and he obtained his sixth championship ring in a similar manner as his first: against the Rams and on the back of a dominant defensive performance from his teammates. The Patriots' 13-3 win over Los Angeles on Sunday was yeoman's work, and Brady put in the kind of shift that's earned him his half-dozen Super Bowl wins and a deserved reputation as the greatest quarterback of all time. In the hours after yet another title, it feels as if we're in a repetitive era of greatness, one filled with nothing but Patriots glory and success. But take a closer look, and it's difficult to conceptualize Brady's nearly two-decade career as a cohesive arc.
New England Patriots' James White (28) dives to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons' Jalen Collins for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. New England Patriots' James White (28) dives to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons' Jalen Collins for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman runs against New England Patriots' Dont'a Hightower during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. SCORE ALERT: Tom Brady has thrown his first touchdown in Super Bowl 51, a 5-yarder to running back James White, but the New England Patriots still trail the Atlanta Falcons 28-9 after the third quarter.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 24 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was among the many people congratulating Eli Manning on his retirement Friday -- but he didn't miss the opportunity to remind the former New York Giant that his greatest accomplishments came at Brady's expense. Just before Manning was to announce his official retirement from the NFL at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Brady tweeted out a lighthearted message praising his former competitor. Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn't won any Super Bowls," he wrote. Manning was told about Brady's remarks during the press conference and said: "We joke about it, but it's not really funny to him." The Giants bested Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, making Manning one of only five players to be named Super Bowl MVP twice. Manning retired after a disappointing 4-12 season, playing only four regular-season games. But his career stats of 57,023 passing yards, 366 touchdown passes, and 4,895 completions are part of his legacy. "This sport has very few real farewells, but as the clock wound down on our win against the [Miami] Dolphins this season, I ran through my favorite place in the stadium, the tunnel," Manning said Friday. "I waved to our loyal fans, and then Abby and my kids ran out to meet me.