Tom Brady joins three kickers and a punter in the NFL over 40

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On his 40th birthday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is joining some elite company.

Counting Brady, there are now five players in the NFL who are 40 or older. Brady is the only one who plays a position other than kicker or punter.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who was heading into his fifth season with the Patriots when they drafted Brady in 2000, is the oldest player in the NFL. Vinatieri will turn 45 on December 28, so if he makes it to the end of this season he’ll become just the eighth player in NFL history to play at 45 or older.

Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson and Falcons kicker Matt Bryant are the next oldest, at 42. Dawson, the league’s second-oldest player, is four months older than Bryant.

Texans punter Shane Lechler will turn 41 on Monday and is the NFL’s fourth-oldest player.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who turned 39 in March, is No. 6 in the NFL age rankings. He’s followed by the league’s oldest defensive player, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who turned 39 two months after Janikowski. Two more players will turn 39 this season: Vikings cornerback Terence Newman and Dolphins long snapper John Denney.

49 responses to “Tom Brady joins three kickers and a punter in the NFL over 40

  1. Age should be viewed within the context of genes, lifestyle, etc. All 40 year-olds are not created equal. It’s ridiculous to apply the same yardstick to everyone when there are countless variables that influence your condition at any given age.

  2. This article reminds me of the part in Genesis that covers the lineage of people who lived to be 700-900 years old… except this is somehow less interesting than that.

  3. Brady could “do a Blanda” in a few years time and transition into a punter/backupQB. He’s already punted in live games once or twice and shown himself competent. Just imagine the saltiness on PFT threads as he plays into his early 50s that way. Although I suspect Gisele would go Brazil nuts at the idea, he himself might just do it as “living proof” of his tb12 avacado soup recipe.

  4. I would wager that those three kickers, and that punter, are all faster than Tammy.

    How many more Tom’s 40 now announcements are we gonna have to endure?

  5. Brady takes care of himself better than any athlete in recent memory. He actually may have bought his career 3-4 years of prime. He loves the game so much that he lives his life a certain way to stay in it. If you hate Tom Brady, I hope it’s because he is the competition and not because you think he is a bad guy or a cheater.

  6. It’s incredible for any professional athlete to maintain a high level of performance as they approach and surpass 40. Even the kickers, who have younger guys with fresher and stronger legs vying for jobs and willing to take league minimums to do it. And Brady is impressive to watch now, largely because we have recently seen what can happen to elite QBs in their late 30s and 40s with Manning, and how sharp the decline can be.

    But it’s incredible to see James Harrison and Terrance Newman still doing this. Harrison has to endure the physicality of the LB position and do it at a high level as his body ages. Newman has to stay in lock-step with young men who run 4.3 in the forty…. It’s truly amazing how they are keeping up.

  7. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    August 3, 2017 at 11:21 am
    GOAT.

    #ThereIsNoQuestion
    #ThereIsNoDoubt
    #AllHailTheKing
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    G(system QB)OAT. FTFY

  8. Actually, Brady would have to play into his 80s to break Peyton’s most cherished records like most one-and-dones in the playoffs, or most teammates thrown under the bus after each playoff collapse.

  9. rickeyp says:
    August 3, 2017 at 11:40 am
    I would wager that those three kickers, and that punter, are all faster than Tammy.

    How many more Tom’s 40 now announcements are we gonna have to endure?
    ______________________

    Funny thing about that, you don’t need to endure any. All you have to do is not click on them. Oh yeah, that whole moth/flame thing. You really can’t help it can you? That’s a real shame. Happy Brady Day little guy!

  10. FoozieGrooler says:
    August 3, 2017 at 11:36 am
    He’s also elite in that his team has set the record for $$ paid out in fines for cheating, multiple times, a record that will likely stand forever.

    Actually the fines for spygate and deflategate combined are still less than what the Broncos got for paying players under the table and hiding those payments from the salary cap. So that honor goes to John Elway. Sorry Tommy but thats a record you weren’t good enough to break.

  11. Can you imagine if Brady plays until 45. And then says he will be the back up another 5 years.

    Brady at the 10 yard line at 50 Years old. I will take that all day.

    As a pats fan who had to suffer through the rough years. I have been on cloud 9 for the last 16 years. The Patriots are the greatest dynasty since the Ming Dynasty.

  12. screwmemean says:
    August 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Brady will need to play to 45 to break all of Peyton’s records
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    – Brady is pretty close already. Biggest difference is games played. To date Manning has played in 30 more games than TB. If Brady plays at same level as last year he’ll be knocking on the door of all of Manning records come the start of the 2019 season after just turning 42 years old.

    Manning
    Games Played: 265
    539 pass TD’s

    Brady
    Games played: 235
    456 pass TD’s

    He’s within 83. A couple huge years in ’17 & ’18 and he could do by end of 2018. However most likely he would need 2019 season.

    If he plays until 45 like he has said, he’ll blow every record out of the water. I think he’ll be done after 2018, falls short of Manning’s records but ends up much closer than people ever thought back in the 2000’s and not because he played that many more games or years. If he plays all 16 this year and next he’ll have played 2 more regular season games than Manning.

  13. yesirootforthebrownsnoimnotinsane says:
    August 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    FoozieGrooler says:
    August 3, 2017 at 11:36 am
    He’s also elite in that his team has set the record for $$ paid out in fines for cheating, multiple times, a record that will likely stand forever.

    Actually the fines for spygate and deflategate combined are still less than what the Broncos got for paying players under the table and hiding those payments from the salary cap. So that honor goes to John Elway. Sorry Tommy but thats a record you weren’t good enough to break.

    6 0 Rate This

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    not to mention, cheating the cap is actual cheating

    meanwhile, the pats were framed with an entire world lied to
    under a bought and paid for and corrupt commissioner

    tagliabue let bowlen and elway off the hook for years and a pattern
    of cheating that likely is still
    deployed by elway to this very day

  14. 40 years old and routinely drops 40 on the squealers ( oops i mean steelers) like it’s nothin more than 7 on 7

  15. rickeyp says:

    August 3, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I would wager that those three kickers, and that punter, are all faster than Tammy.

    How many more Tom’s 40 now announcements are we gonna have to endure?

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    Eat it up! All year, baby.

  16. rickeyp says:

    August 3, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I would wager that those three kickers, and that punter, are all faster than Tammy.

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    Ricky! Now that was a great zinger! ‘Tammy!’ That was awesone. You said that cause his name is ‘Tommy’ right? Oh man. That was awesome. You must write for ‘The Simpson’s’ or something. You are wasting your talent commenting on these dumb football sites.

  17. screwmemean says:

    August 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Brady will need to play to 45 to break all of Peyton’s records

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    5 rings > Peyton’s records

  18. toughest guy in the league. Tuck and Strahan both said they couldn’t believe he always got up time after time and any other qb would have quit. that’s why he did what no other qb ever could have done in coming back in Bowls 49 and 51.

  19. steelcurtainn says:
    August 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Shady Brady also leads the league in spygate victories 3 and deflategate victories 1. Congrats.
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    That’s only four…

  20. 5 rings > Peyton’s records

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    Rings belong to the team not individual player. There is a reason Terry Bradshaw never gets mentioned in the GOAT discussion despite having 4 rings.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    5 rings > Peyton’s records

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    Rings belong to the team not individual player. There is a reason Terry Bradshaw never gets mentioned in the GOAT discussion despite having 4 rings.
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    So Brady’s five NFL Championships and Peyton’s nine one-and-done playoff appearances are completely unrelated to how well each respective quarterback played?

  22. There’s an issue with the new site format. I got to this story from the PFT link, which takes me to a condensed view. But it doesn’t expand to show the full story.

    I am using a chrome browser on a laptop. The full story shows up fine on my android phone app.

    Hope that is enough info.

  23. Geez, the reigning super bowl MVP isn’t getting much love from the bitter fans of other teams that can’t measure up to the Pats.

    Brady is the greatest. To think otherwise is only to fool your lying eyes.

  24. So Brady’s five NFL Championships and Peyton’s nine one-and-done playoff appearances are completely unrelated to how well each respective quarterback played?

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    A high school QB could have won 3 SBs with those early 2000’s Patriots teams.

  25. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    So Brady’s five NFL Championships and Peyton’s nine one-and-done playoff appearances are completely unrelated to how well each respective quarterback played?

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    A high school QB could have won 3 SBs with those early 2000’s Patriots teams.
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    And yet Bledsoe, a four time Pro Bowl quarterback, only went 5-11 in 2000 and started ’01 at 0-2. It’s almost as if you have no idea what you’re talking about…

  26. First and foremost this comment is not tied to this story per say but football in general.
    As a general rule, a player’s skill level determines what he is allowed to get away with. This means good, great, and especially elite players have a tremendous or even unlimited amount of leeway with their respective teams before they will be let go. Other commentators, fans, journalists, etc have referred to this as: If a team thinks you can help win games you will play. This also applies to distractions caused by players. Now in direct contrast average, mediocre, or flat out awful players do not have this same luxury. If these players create distractions they are usually left unsigned. I am not here to say whether or not this is fair. I am here to prove that this does happen and it is a law of the nfl.
    1. Ray Lewis. Infraction: Involved in a Murder Investigation
    In 2000 Ray Lewis was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. He was also NFL Defensive player of the year in 2000 and 2003. Furthermore he is the Ravens franchise leading tackler. He also is tied for 2nd in nfl history in takeaways by a linebacker. He was a 13 time pro bowler, 7 time first team all pro, and 3 time second-team all pro. Lastly Ray Lewis was named to the 2000s all decade team. So Ray Lewis was an elite hall of fame linebacker from the get go. Since he entered the nfl, Ray Lewis was one of the best linebackers of his generation every single year. It was only after 2010 that he began to decline as age and injury caught up with him. So yes the Ravens held on to him and supported him despite his murder investigation. But this man was a Super Bowl MVP, defensive player of the year, and had made 2 straight all-pro 1st teams at the time of the incident. So you are asking the Ravens to let go the best linebacker in the nfl, who is just entering his prime. This is why the Ravens kept him.
    2. Ben Roethlisberger suspended 6 games for a Rape Investigation. He settled out of court.
    Listen Ben Roethlisberger has been to 3 super bowls and won 2 of them. He is a top 10 quarterback currently. And the Steelers would be nowhere without him. So do we really expect the Steelers to dump a franchise and perhaps hall of fame caliber quarterback over this incident?
    3. Adrian Peterson Child abuse scandal
    Adrian Peterson was the 2012 nfl mvp, he is a hall of fame caliber running back. Peterson missed almost the entire 2014 season due to his scandal involving abuse to his son. Yet Peterson is still in the nfl because teams still think he can produce and help them win.
    4. Aaron Hernandez Homicide suspect
    The Patriots released Hernandez shortly after he became a prime suspect in a murder investigation. This proves to be an exception to the rule of good players being untouchable.
    Now onto players that are expendable:
    5. Tim Tebow
    Tebow was a average at best quarterback. Ok the guy did not have impressive stats but he was a winner. He somehow managed to win ugly close games in the 4th quarter. In 2011, he led the Broncos from 1-4 to 8-8 and a trip to the playoffs. He passed for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns to help beat the Steelers in a wildcard game. However, the media became obsessed and fixated over this player which derailed his career. Tebow was cast aside for Peyton Manning in 2012. And then went to the Jets. Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are both mediocre quarterbacks. Yet, the media focused so much attention on Tebow. In fact it appeared he got more attention than the best quarterbacks at the time: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning. Tebow was not that good but if he received the minimal attention he warranted as a mediocre quarterback, perhaps he would still be a backup today.
    6. Colin Kaepernick
    Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl during the 2012 season. They lost a close game to the Ravens. Now the 49ers defense was elite and the year prior they lost in the nfc championship game with Alex Smith. Kaepernick took over in week 9 for the 6-2 49ers and went 5-2-1. Without Ted Ginn muffing 2 punts, the 49ers were able to win the NFC Championship game this time. Now Kaepernick had some impressive numbers in the playoffs. But Alex Smith had taken this exact same team just as far and would have made it to a super bowl as well if not for Ted Ginn. Kaepernick again led the 49ers to the nfc championship game in 2013 before losing to the eventually super champion Seahawks. Kaepernick then began to regress the next 3 seasons. The elite defense he had in 2012 and 2013 was no longer there. And the pressure was the offense to produce. Kaepernick is currently out of the league due to his on the field protests. This event gave him excessive media coverage and angered many fans. Yes some fans do like him still, but he receives a lot of attention for a mediocre quarterback.

    Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, and EJ Manuel are all mediocre quarterbacks like Tebow and Kaepernick but they are not distractions. As a result they are still employed as backup quarterbacks. This trio receives minimal media attention. So a bad player can still be signed as long as they are not a distraction.

  27. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    So Brady’s five NFL Championships and Peyton’s nine one-and-done playoff appearances are completely unrelated to how well each respective quarterback played?

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    A high school QB could have won 3 SBs with those early 2000’s Patriots teams.

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    A high school QB could go 10-6 with those teams. Any decent QB can get into the playoffs and occasionally go deep with those teams. Only Brady could go to 7 superbowls and win 5 rings with those teams.

  28. I wonder if some of the Patriots success can be explained by the coaches of the other 31 teams in the NFL being as dumb as the trolls who mention “high school QB’s” playing in the NFL so those coaches actually have high school players on their rosters.

  29. Fun facts:
    In both SB losses, Brady walked off the field with the lead.

    The 2011 patriots defense was ranked number 31 in the league. They still went to the SB.

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