No sports fan ever in the history of world sports would ever think of an athlete being the greatest in their discipline in their 40s- an age during which most start to decline in performance, or take the decision of of retirement.
However, the case of Tom Brady is the polar opposite, as the veteran quarterback, who hit 44 last month- is just getting better and better.
The former New England Patriots stalwart won his record seventh Super Bowl earlier this year in February, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated former champions Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at Super Bowl LV on 7th February.
After clinching his seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy- more than any other NFL team or player ever, the majority of football fans contemplated that it might be the time when the world sees Tom Brady hang up his boots.
However, Brady is not only far from any thought of retirement and instead, showing improvement day by day and in just the first two games for Bucs in the 2021 season, has clocked nine passing touchdowns.
In the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Brady had four passing TDs for 379 yards and two interceptions. In today’s clash against the Atlanta Falcons, he passed for five touchdowns, along with 279 passing yards.
If that are not enough remarkable numbers, here’s a comparison- any player in the NFL who is 44 and above, prior to this season, had 14 passing touchdowns combined, while Brady has already clocked nine this season.
And as the 43-year-old Brady garnered reverence for winning his seventh Super Bowl back in February, he is expected to keep playing until 2022 as he signed a one year extension with the Bucs back in March.
While its not yet known what the future (the 2023 NFL season and beyond) holds for Brady, he himself confirmed in a recent episode of “Tommy & Gronky,” featuring Rob Gronkowski, that he aims to continue playing until he is 50.
With his five-TD performance against the Falcons, Brady might just be targeting the single-season touchdown record of 55, set by Peyton Manning. At this pace, Brady is projected at 76.5 touchdowns.
While getting to the 70s might just be too impossible, Brady might just break Manning’s record this season and touch one more career milestone.