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Steve DeBerg is ready to concede his record to Tom Brady

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Apart from being the master of the play-action fake, former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg has one specific distinction: He’s the oldest player to ever start a game at the most important position on the field.

And Steve DeBerg knows that Tom Brady is coming.

“I think he would have to start a football game six seasons from now to break my record,” DeBerg told Jonathan Jones of SI.com. “And I actually think he’ll do it.”

DeBerg’s record was set in October 1998, when he started for the Falcons at the age of 44 years and 279 days.

Brady turns 40 on August 3. He’ll turn 44 on that same day (imagine that) in 2021. To beat DeBerg, however, Brady will have to play into 2022, since the 2021 season will end before he’s 44-and-280.

Which means he’ll need to make it six more seasons — or at least to Week One of season six — in order to break the record. Which could be one of the reasons why he recently told owner Robert Kraft that he plans to play six or seven more years.

Still, it’s one thing to have a cameo start at 44; for DeBerg, it was his first start since he was Brady’s current age of 39. It’s quite another to start every game of every year in between those two ages.

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22 Responses to “Steve DeBerg is ready to concede his record to Tom Brady”
  1. 6ball says: Mar 31, 2017 6:37 AM

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    Using Steve Deberg and Tom Brady in the same sentence is what’s known as a literary double play. It’s both heresy and blasphemy at the same time.
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  2. xlivsaints says: Mar 31, 2017 7:10 AM

    Don’t count out Favre!

  3. Kolo Jezdec says: Mar 31, 2017 7:22 AM

    This Steelers fan does not doubt that Mr. Brady can do it, barring some unexpected injury. The man is amazing…

  4. canetic says: Mar 31, 2017 7:25 AM

    Not gonna happen. Brady has two more years at best.

  5. dpdonny says: Mar 31, 2017 7:29 AM

    From Steve’s lips, to Florio’s ink, to God’s ears.

    May it be so! Amen.

  6. r8dernation says: Mar 31, 2017 7:48 AM

    He ain’t playing much longer. Father time is going to hit him hard.

  7. eaglesw00t says: Mar 31, 2017 8:05 AM

    I hope Brady does it. I love watching the guy play. Im amazed Brady is still at the height of his game, and McNabb is long gone. Only drafted 2 years apart. That’s what you hope for out of a true franchise QB. 15 years. Guys like Brady and Brees are still at the top of their game approaching 40. As a 38 year old guy, I find that amazing.

  8. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 31, 2017 8:33 AM

    Great news for the Bills! 🙂

    Sign Doug Flutie to start, break the Curse AND break this record!

    Flutie is still better than any other Bills QB anyway.

    🙂

  9. tb12x4 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:59 AM

    who is that chode deberg ????? did he sing that song lady in red?????…….BRADY IS THE GOAT

  10. jchipwood says: Mar 31, 2017 9:49 AM

    How is this not the headline for the webpage?

  11. factschecker says: Mar 31, 2017 9:55 AM

    I’m a huge Pats fan but I can’t help but giggle picturing Tom Brady on the Titanic (King of the World) while a crewman yells out a warning DeBerg!

    Sorry. My thoughts are like an ongoing episode of The Family Guy.

  12. maust1013 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:45 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:49 AM
    How is this not the headline for the webpage?
    ===============================

    Because not even die hard Pats fans are as obsessed with them as you are.

  13. pattyarbuccholz says: Mar 31, 2017 11:05 AM

    canetic says: Mar 31, 2017 7:25 AM

    Not gonna happen. Brady has two more years at best.

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    Oh, well now that you piped in, we can all go home. Hey, everyone! Canetic knows exactly when Tom Brady will stop playing (even though he shows no signs of slowing down). We don’t have to discuss it anymore. Everyone turn the page.

  14. exinsidetrader says: Mar 31, 2017 11:10 AM

    How did Florio not squeeze a reference to Colin Kaepernick into this post?

  15. jchipwood says: Mar 31, 2017 11:14 AM

    maust1013 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 10:45 AM
    jchipwood says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:49 AM
    How is this not the headline for the webpage?
    ===============================

    Because not even die hard Pats fans are as obsessed with them as you are.
    __________________________
    But yet you’re the the one who accuses myself of being all these different user names. Sounds like your the one obsessed clown

  16. maust1013 says: Mar 31, 2017 11:58 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:14 AM

    But yet you’re the the one who accuses myself of being all these different user names. Sounds like your the one obsessed clown

    ========================

    LMAO, here you are obsessively following up on a Pats thread. It’s a shame you can’t appreciate the irony. Statements of fact aren’t accusations chipster, you only kid yourself. Listen to some choirparctice while taking yourself(s) for an unmatched walk by the venerable Roxbury beachside and mull it over before you gotitan on your super game.

    The name calling is a little juvenile, words can be hurtful.
    .

  17. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 31, 2017 4:02 PM

    This is a bogus record
    My understanding is that DeBurg retired at 39, then came back for a game at 44+.
    If that is the case, any QB that can still stand could sign with his old team at 50, start 1 game and blow this record out of the water.

    What would be next. Place some deceased QB’s urn behind center and snap the ball to it? Maybe tip it over so his ashes blow all over the ball and such?
    I smh at some of these records.

  18. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 31, 2017 5:05 PM

    A more impressive record is Testaverde throwing a TD pass every year from 87-07 Looks like DeBerg has a gap from 93 to 98. Testaverde was 44 for his last start, and I dont care what anyone says I think its insane a 44 year old man could start 6 games in the NFL even if he didnt play well. The guy came into the league when Reagan was president and left the year before Obama came in. Testaverde is the man.

  19. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Apr 1, 2017 3:11 PM

    DeBerg only started 16 games once in his career, and was 30 games under .500 despite being a backup the majority of his career.

    Warren Moon is a better comparable, he made the Pro Bowl at 41 and remained a regular starter until 42 (with a cameo start at 44).

  20. tncheese says: Apr 1, 2017 7:47 PM

    What about George Blanda? I know he kicked, too, but he was 46 I think.

  21. bencoates57 says: Apr 6, 2017 12:14 AM

    I remember that game. He played against Belichick’s Jets defense. I wonder if he even completed a pass.

  22. bencoates57 says: Apr 6, 2017 12:17 AM

    De Berg was 9 of 20 for 117 yards in a 28-3 loss to Belichick’s Jets defense. The only scoring fur Atlanta was a 53 yard Morton Anderson field goal.

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