Which QB is NFL' s GOAT? — Depends on where you live

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers former quarterback Joe Montana cheers in the first quarter in Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers former quarterback Joe Montana cheers in the first quarter in Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

While Patrick Mahomes has racked up impressive achievements in his young career, a recent study suggests most NFL fans aren't ready to crown him the GOAT just yet.

 

The study was conducted by the marketing team at BetOnline.ag, which compiled and analyzed more than 260,000 tweets, hashtags and direct keyword phrases since Super Bowl LVIII ended about which NFL quarterback is the greatest of all time.

 

For example, any tweet mentioning Tom Brady that also had the keyword of "GOAT" or hashtag #GOAT was included in the study. All of the mentions from each of the 50 states were tallied up and the QB who had the most then "won" that respective state.

 

You can see the raw data here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TQ8ojMYwCqcin0GfkjJ0Ns5fWond1vsC_5HA3H_Mg8I/edit#gid=507653489

 

There was certainly increased activity in the GOAT debate after Mahomes locked up his third championship in the past five years. But, alas, Brady still reigns supreme, and Mahomes isn't even second on the list as you can see from the map.

 

Infomap showing which QB each state claims as the GOAT: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lDY6hlTZg4E4nJJZHIZ50Hp6JphYbGW9/view. The map reveals a clear preference for Tom Brady, who reigns supreme in 27 states. Peyton Manning takes the silver medal with 10 states, while Mahomes lags behind in third with just seven states.

 

Here's the state-by-state breakdown:

Tom Brady - 27 states

Peyton Manning - 10 states

Patrick Mahomes - 7 states

Joe Montana - 2 states

John Elway - 2 states

Aaron Rodgers - 1 state

Drew Brees - 1 state

Wires, data from Betonline

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