Tom Brady Has An Unbelievable Lifespan In The NFL


Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime.
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For the last several years, people have waited for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to retire, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Now that he is nearing the end of his 23rd NFL season, he has hit an incredible, mind-bending milestone.

A few people are lucky enough to be with the same employer for half of their lifetime, but it is exceedingly rare for anyone to accomplish that by the time they’re 45 years of age, as Brady is right now.

With seven Super Bowl victories, three league MVP awards and a slew of other accomplishments, most acknowledge him as the greatest player in league history, whether they want to or not.

This season, Brady has finally shown signs of decline, as he has just 21 touchdown passes and an 87.9 passer rating through 15 games, both of which are significantly below his career averages.

Not coincidentally, the Bucs are just 7-8, but because the NFC South is so frightfully weak, they sit in first place in the division, one full game ahead of the rebuilding Carolina Panthers.


What Lies Ahead For Brady?

Since Tampa Bay has virtually no chance of winning it all this season, there has already been speculation on where Brady, who will be a free agent this spring, may be next season.

Could he join the Miami Dolphins, something which was rumored several months ago, especially now that Tua Tagovailoa‘s career may be in jeopardy?

Could he play for the New Orleans Saints and lure head coach Sean Payton out of retirement?

How about the Las Vegas Raiders, which would give him the opportunity to play with Davante Adams?

Or could Brady finally suit up for his hometown team, the San Francisco 49ers, and bring things full circle?

Whatever he chooses to do, if he returns to a high level next year, and even if he wins another Super Bowl, it likely wouldn’t surprise anyone, as the football world long ago stopped being surprised by anything he has accomplished.


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