The NFL may not get rid of Tom Brady any time soon.
Speaking to his Buccaneers teammate Rob Gronkowski on YouTube, Brady was asked if he could play until he was 50, to which he replied that he thinks he can.
“I don’t find it that difficult,” Brady said. “Plus, in Florida, it’s kind of a retirement state, so I feel like I can play and then slide into retirement. I think I can. I think it’s a yes.”
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It was the follow-up to that question that seemed to baffle the future Hall of Famer. Gronkowski asked Brady if his wife, Gisele Bundchen, would let him play until he was 50.
“That’s a much better question,” Brady said. “That’s, of course, no, that answer. I’m just kidding. I’m sorry baby, I love you. You would let me do anything as long as I’m happy.”
Brady was asked separately by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio and Tampa’s WFTS-TV’s Kevin Lewis on advice he could give to the younger quarterbacks now approaching the league. He replied, “Good luck.”
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“It’s tough, but it’s up to them,” Brady said. “Yes, if you do the right thing, you have a chance. But I see that a lot of people don’t do the right thing. I try to influence people that I can.” . First of all, you have to love it. If you want to do it for a long period of time, you have to really excel at it and that really comes from loving it. They are many different motivations for long periods of time. Lots of little things at different times – some are more motivation, some are more inspiration, but there are a lot of different things that go into it. “
It may be early in the season, but Brady has no longer shown signs of rust in his 44-year campaign. Facing the Cowboys to start the season, Brady completed 64 percent of his passes with 379 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions as his team returned to win 31-29 on “Thursday Night Football.”
Brady is coming off his first season at Tampa Bay, during which he led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory, the second franchise title and Brady’s seventh ring.
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Historic precedent over old quarterbacks
The NFL has no precedent for what to expect from Brady as he continues to advance. He holds the records for the most yards passing at age 40, 41, 42 and 43, and with 379 yards passing in his first game, he is already on track to pass Vinny Testaverde’s 952 yards passing since 2007 than he is currently. They set the bar for 44 years.
To date, Warren Moon in 1998 is the only quarterback 42 and older to throw for more than 1,000 yards in one season – he hit 1,632 – with no name Tom Brady, according to Stathead. Only two quarterbacks have totaled more than 4,000 passing yards in a season in their 40-plus-year season. Brett Favre did it at age 40 for the Vikings at 4,202 in 2009. Brady has hit 4,000 every season since he turned 40. And when he threw 40 touchdowns last season, he became the only quarterback to reach that higher milestone of 40 years.
The oldest quarterback to complete a pass in the NFL was George Blanda, who at 48 was 1 of 3 for 11 yards and a pick. He is also the oldest player ever to appear in a game. Blanda completed a pass in his season at 47 years old and also at 45 years old. He holds the record for the oldest to throw a touchdown when he did it only on his only pass in 1974 when he was 47 years old.
There is no history of quarterbacks playing into their 50s. But if anyone could do it, it would seem like Brady is the league’s best shot.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.