- Tom Brady says he is “seriously considering” playing past age 45.
- The 43-year old will make his 10th Super Bowl appearance this weekend.
- Brady is second in the Super Bowl MVP odds board at +240 behind Patrick Mahomes.
Tom Brady is already playing way past than most NFL players. He’s been at an elite level longer than anyone in the history of the game. And there’s no indication he’s slowing down.
Last month, Brady announced that he would definitely play next season. On Monday, the six-time Super Bowl winner says he is considering playing past the age of 45:
Could Become Oldest NFL QB to Start
Oldest QB to start a game?
44 years old, 279 days.
— NFL (@NFL) August 3, 2017
If Brady plays at age 45, he will surpass Warren Moon, Steve DeBerg, and Vinnie Testaverde as the oldest quarterback to ever start in the NFL. All three played in the league until they were 44 but DeBerg was the oldest at 44 years and 279 days in his last start. Testaverde was able to make six start for the Panthers in his final season in 2007 while Moon and DeBerg each started one game during their last hurrahs in 2000 and 1998. Brady is 43 and started all 16 games this season, so yeah, why not TB12 at age 45?
The oldest quarterback to play in the NFL was George Blanda who played until he was 48 years old. But Blanda was primarily a kicker during the latter stages of his career. Tom Brady will be making his 10th Super Bowl start this weekend, at the age of 43. Indeed, what Brady is doing is nothing short of remarkable and there is no denying he can play at least until 45 years old if he stays healthy.
2008 Season-Ending Injury
‘You saw him down there, the frustration, him holding that knee, you knew it was over’ — On the 10th anniversary of Tom Brady tearing his ACL, his 2008 teammates recall the impact of the injury https://t.co/X11gzCmwID by @jeffphowe pic.twitter.com/XRCvr3MYuH
— The Athletic Boston (@TheAthleticBOS) September 7, 2018
But Brady has stayed healthy for the most part of his NFL career. The only exception was in 2008 when he suffered a season-ending ACL injury on opening weekend. The league ended up adjusting its rules to outlaw the dive that caused Brady’s knee injury and he has benefited from that and the other rules that the league has enforced to ensure quarterback protection and player safety.
Brady’s style of play has also limited opposing defenses from taking shots at him. He gets the ball out of his hands quickly and later in his career, Brady has rarely extends plays unless they are really necessary. As a result, he outlasted so many younger quarterbacks who hung up the cleats while pointing to the inability to get the job done physically.
10th Super Bowl Appearance
• 1st QB to start a Super Bowl in 3 different decades
• NFL postseason leader in games played (44), & passing yards (12,248)
• NFL leader in Super Bowl completions (256), & passing yards (2,838)
— Spectrum Sports 360 (@SpecSports360) February 2, 2021
Let’s not get too carried away here. Age 45 is two seasons away. At a point during the NFL season when the other 30 NFL starters are at home watching TV, the oldest starter this season will be playing in a record 10th Super Bowl against the 25-year old who is touted as perhaps the only player who can possibly come close achieving what Brady has. But for now, Brady’s resume is in the front page.
He is the oldest quarterback to start on Super Bowl Sunday and the first quarterback to start a Super Bowl in three different decades. He is the NFL all-time leader in playoff games started and playoff passing yards. Brady is the all-time Super Bowl leader in completions and passing yards. The list could go on really and it’s scary because the records just keep on coming.
Super Bowl LV MVP?
#SuperBowl MVP Odds
Patrick Mahomes -115
Tom Brady +240
Travis Kelce +1000
Tyreek Hill +1200
Chris Godwin +3300
Mike Evans +3300
Antonio Brown +5000
Clyde Edwards-Helaire +5000
Devin White +5000
Mecole Hardman +5000
Darrell Williams +6600 pic.twitter.com/ERX0rsqmfD
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) February 2, 2021
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes, is the odds on favorite to win Super Bowl LV MVP. In fact, the best Super Bowl betting sites are reporting that they’re getting thrice more money on Mahomes than Tom Brady, who is second in the latest BetOnline oddsboard at +240. But who can blame someone for placing a wager on Brady?
In his first season in Tampa Bay, he took the team to its first postseason appearance since 2007, it first playoff win since 2002. He may have more weapons on his current team that he had during his last Super Bowl win. It would be a fairy tale ending to the season if the three-point underdogs Bucs win on Sunday. But it won’t be less impressive if they lose to the defending champions Chiefs. Regardless, we’ll see Brady back next year, and perhaps at least until he’s 45.