Brady among GQ's 25 coolest athletes

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  January 25, 2011 04:49 PM

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cover-brady.jpgWhen you win three Super Bowls, set a NFL record for touchdown passes, look like you could be on the cover of GQ even if you couldn't spot a football in a sporting goods store, and, oh yeah, marry arguably the world's most famous supermodel, it probably comes as no surprise that you'd make a list of the 25 coolest athletes of all time.

Even if you have been known to cuddle the occasional goat.

So it is that Tom Brady is one of the 25 athletes to make the cut for GQ's list of the coolest athletes of all time. A photo gallery of covers can be found here, while USA Today's breakdown of the list is here.

The Patriots quarterback is one of four football players and three quarterbacks on the list. There are just two baseball players, while basketball is the most represented sport with five players, none of whom answer to Magic or Larry.

For the rest of Brady's cool cohorts, let's break down the magazine's list by sport:

Football: Brady, Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler

Baseball: Bob Gibson, Tim Lincecum

Football and baseball: Bo Jackson

Basketball: Julius Erving, Walt Frazier, Allan Iverson, Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich

Tennis: Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg

Auto racing: Mario Andretti

Boxing: Muhammad Ali

Golf: Arnold Palmer, Gary Player

Hockey: Derek Sanderson

Soccer: George Best, Pele

Skiing: Jean-Claude Killy

Surfing: Kelly Slater

Yachting/Media moguling: Ted Turner

Crashing while trying to jump over stuff on a motorcycle: Evel Knievel

Possible oversights (with a Boston slant): Magic Johnson, Rickey Henderson, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, Mark Messier, David Ortiz, Bode Miller, Earl Monroe, George Gervin, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Dennis Eckersley, Barry Sanders, Shaq, Andre Agassi, Pedro Martinez.

We could accept Mariano Rivera if meant the continued exclusion of Derek Jeter and A-Rod. As much as we adore Larry Bird, it would be stretching it to call him cool given the short-shorts and wispy mustache.

And Joe Montana, while perhaps not the most charismatic athlete, did win four Super Bowls and probably deserves at least an honorable mention.

After all, he was known as Joe Cool.

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