Could Tom Brady really play until he's 46 or 47 years old?

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Could Tom Brady really play until he's 46 or 47 years old?

Postprzez Helena » 10:21 28 mar 2017

Kraft said he would be thrilled if Brady could play into his mid-40s, he acknowledged that Brady would be beating long odds for starting quarterbacks if he did.
"As recently as 2-3 days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play six to seven more years and at the level he performed," Kraft said Monday at the NFL's annual meeting. "There's no one that would be happier than I, and our fan base."
Brady enters his 18th season with the Patriots in 2017, and if he were to reach his goal of six or seven more years with New England, he would smash former Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson's NFL record of the most seasons with one team (21).
Only Hanson, Washington Redskins Coty Sensabaugh Authentic Jersey cornerback Darrell Green (20) and Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Jackie Slater (20) have spent at least 20 seasons with one team.
If Brady were to play six or seven more years and Bill Belichick were to coach for that entire span, that would put the coach at age 70 or 71. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the oldest to coach an NFL game were George Halas at 72 years, 318 days old and Marv Levy at 72 years, 139 days old.
If Brady were to play that many years, that would put him at age 45 or 46. The oldest in NFL history to play just QB were 44 years old: Steve DeBerg, Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde. (It should be noted that George Blanda played until he was 48, but he was more of a kicker at that point).
Brady is currently signed through the 2019 season. If he plays at least one game each season throughout, that would mean 20 seasons with the Patriots.
Tom Brady has 456 career touchdown passes, fourth in NFL history and 83 behind Peyton Manning for most all time. Brady has averaged 2.2 touchdown passes per game the past three seasons, which means that if he played all 16 games in each season at that pace, he would move ahead of Manning during the 2019 season, at the age of 42.
If Brady were to make the maximum amount of money throughout his current contract, which is signed through 2019, his career cash value would max out at $188 million. That's a lot of money. But amazingly, he would be seventh among players who played since 2000 and are signed through at least 2019 (if those players make their max in each of the next three seasons).
"I remember after our first Super Bowl in '01, going down in the training room in the old Foxboro Stadium, three days after we won, he's in there with the music blaring working out. He's really dedicated. The thing that's amazing about him, to this day he hasn't changed as a human being in how he relates to people, but also how he works out. The only thing that's probably changed is how he eats and his diet. I'm not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well, I guess I'd do it."
As for the 24-year-old Garoppolo, he could provide insurance behind Brady in 2017 before the club could potentially lose him as a free agent in 2018. Because of that, Kraft was asked if there was any scenario in which the Patriots might be inclined to trade Garoppolo this year.
"I don't have the right demeanor of our coach; I charge him to handle all football matters," he said. "We're privileged to have the greatest quarterback in the history of the game, and it looks like he's playing pretty solid. He's off the charts, in my opinion, and we're lucky to have him.
"That's the most important position on the team, needless to say. I don't think anyone could say you have too much depth at that position. I've charged him to make those decisions. I'll Germain Ifedi Jersey leave that with him."
"I think there's one player at the age of 40 who had one good year: [Brett] Favre, for the Vikings. He didn't do so well before," he said.
Steve DeBerg, Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde, all at age 44, are the oldest quarterbacks to have been on an NFL roster, according to data tracked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. George Blanda played until he was 48, but was primarily a kicker late in his career.
Kraft said the way Brady lives his life could give him a chance to make history while reaching his goal.

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