Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh wants a statue for Tom Brady on campus
Li Xiang

Jim Harbaugh, football head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines, said that it's time for the university to build a statue for Tom Brady, who played for the Wolverines in his college career before winning six Super Bowl championships with the NFL's New England Patriots.

"I think it's time, don't you, for a Tom Brady statue to (be) built right here. Right in front of Schembechler Hall…Tom Brady … he's lapped the field in football. You're synonymous now with Babe Ruth (and) Michael Jordan. The university he attended should build a statue," said Harbaugh via the Detroit Free Press.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots holds the trophy of Super Bowl LIII in the parade. /VCG Photo

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots holds the trophy of Super Bowl LIII in the parade. /VCG Photo

The ugly 13-3 victory claimed by the Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on February 3 brought Brady his sixth NFL top honor, which was more than any football player ever won. Thanks to that and other accomplishments he had achieved, the 41-year-old quarterback was seen by many as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Brady's success in the NFL was definitely worth a statue, but his college career was a different story. He was not even a starter as freshman and sophomore. That changed in the following two years and it's true that Brady helped the Wolverines defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks for the Citrus Bowl championship in 1998 and claim the Orange Bowl title in 1999 by beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1999.

Quarterback Tom Brady #10 of the University of Michigan Wolverines in the game /VCG Photo

Quarterback Tom Brady #10 of the University of Michigan Wolverines in the game /VCG Photo

However, none of those made him a national elite quarterback who did not have to wait to be selected by the Patriots with the No.199 pick in round 6 in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Although Coach Harbaugh believes that looking at a statue of Brady could encourage Michigan's students and players, the vast difference in achievements between Brady's college career and professional career does not make a strong argument.