Tom Brady’s 30s were a Hall of Fame career

AP

Tom Brady just turned 40, making it a fine time to reflect on what he accomplished in his 30s. And what he accomplished in the last decade would be a Hall of Fame career in and of itself.

In his 30s, Brady won two NFL MVP awards and two Super Bowl MVP awards, and was chosen to nine Pro Bowls.(The only year he missed the Pro Bowl was the year when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week One; he followed that with a Comeback Player of the Year award the following season.)

Brady’s stat line in his 30s is 3,348 completions on 5,160 attempts for 40,018 yards, a completion rate of 64.9 percent, 309 touchdown passes, 74 interceptions and a passer rating of 102.5. The Patriots went 113-28 in the regular-season games Brady started in his 30s. Brady is the only player in NFL history with 40,000 passing yards in his 30s and the only player with 300 touchdowns in his 30s, although the 38-year-old Drew Brees will join him in both categories soon.

In his 20s, Brady led the Patriots to three championships and won the Super Bowl MVP award twice, and if he had retired at age 29 he might have gone to the Hall of Fame on those credentials alone. But he was a far better player in his 30s than he was in his 20s, and the last decade of Brady’s career is easily a Hall of Fame career.

Brady insists he’s not slowing down and will play well into his 40s. That’s hard to believe, but a decade ago no one would have believed everything Brady has done in his 30s.

61 responses to “Tom Brady’s 30s were a Hall of Fame career

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing what Brady can do at 40. Had it not been for 2 fluke catches, this guy could have 7 SB rings. But he won’t be a unanimous selection to the HOF. The hate for him among sportswriters will make sure of that.

  2. .
    @Skoobyfl

    ” He found out in his 20’s that his coach will cheat to win & that he could too. ”

    Very clever comment coming from a Jaguars fan, the team that invented 4-12.
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  3. Meanwhile, Kaep will not throw a pass in his 30s because the girlfriend that radicalized him into a left-wing loon just called the Ravens owner a slave-owner yesterday. Nice.

  4. Enough with the weak and old cheater “stuff”. What the man has accomplished since he came out of nowhere is simply amazing. As a Saints fan I expect to see Brees in a gold spot coat but I have to acknowledge the best of the era and probably all time is Brady. (Still think Starr is underrated given the era and conditions he played in.)

  5. Brady’s basically put together two HoF resumes, and he’s still going strong. 5 Superbowl rings – with very different rosters – and two single score Super Bowl losses in close games that could have gone either way. What amazes me is that Brady stands out even when his contemporaries include such quarterback talent Peyton, Rodgers and Brees, all of whom are arguably top 10 all timers at the position. GOAT status is always going to be debatable, but in my eyes, it’s Brady. As a Pats fan, I’m blessed to have been a fan while we had him playing for us.

  6. I hate the Patriots, but I respect greatness. And the Brady/Belichick combo is greatness personified. Im happy that I was able to see their entire run as an adult. I caught the tail end of Montana/Walsh and Marino/Schula, but this was a great career to witness. I turned 39 Tuesday, so I literally grew up watching Brady when he was on national TV.

    When I was young, I turned on football other than the Eagles for very few players. Barry Sanders was at the top of that list. But Brady is up there too, and I can appreciate his longevity more.

  7. I started watching the Boston Patriots when I was 12 years old back in 1966. I have loved and been loyal to my home team all these years, through the highs and lows. I feel so fortunate that we have had Brady and Belichick and the success they have generated for New England. Stepping outside of my New England box and looking at the league as a whole, I don’t think there has been a more successful team with this longevity. I have absolutely enjoyed watching my Patriots during Brady’s reign.

  8. skoobyfl says:
    August 4, 2017 at 6:17 am
    He found out in his 20’s that his coach will cheat to win & that he could too.
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    STOP, JUST STOP! IT’S GETTING OLD AND TIRED!

  9. GOAT.
    He has personally and single handed killed us off like..Buffalo.
    Bills fan…

    I can’t WAIT until he retires, and the Pats return to 1980’s form..

  10. WOW!

    I never thought I’d say this but…
    Micheal Jordan was the Tom Brady of Basketball.

  11. Spycams, deflated footballs, cheating and contempt for others teams.

    That is what Brady and his team will be remembered for.

  12. Brady wasn’t necessarily “better in his 30s”. His STATS were better, but we know passing stats haven’t held steady over the course of his career. Almost ALL of Brady’s 20s were spent prior to the changes in the emphasis of the rules (most especially illegal contact downfield) that have BLOWN UP passing stats since then. In addition, Brady spent literally his entire 20s with a below-average supporting cast of skill players (his defense was very good and his surrounding offense solid, but not special). While Peyton Manning was enjoying oodles of high draft picks at RB and WR, while on turf AND indoors, Brady ran an efficient show with a more motley collection outdoors. People were actually uninformed enough to think the stat difference at the time meant something. Then in 2007 (age 30) Brady was for the first time given high-talent weapons…and he started breaking records. I say it over and over and over again: in the NFL, CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING.

  13. .
    @philvil

    ” He and his team both got caught cheating.. His legacy is tainted forever.”

    Another clown shoe comment coming from a Raiders fan, a team that has had one winning season in the last 14.
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  14. philvil41 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 7:54 am

    He and his team both got caught cheating.. His legacy is tainted forever.
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    You haters just won’t give it up. Need I remind you and your other peabrained pals what Spygate and Deflategate were all about? Brady’s legacy is not tainted at all, unless you’re a hater and your delusions are strong. You probably also think Trump is a great President. Screw you and all your buddies forever.

  15. nothing that anyone can say or do will ever change the fact that cheating and scandal are always in the same breath as every mention of Tom Brady’s career.

  16. SteveQuinn19 says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Brady can do at 40. Had it not been for 2 fluke catches, this guy could have 7 SB rings.
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    If it weren’t for two last second kicks, a horrible play call and one historical choke he could have one ring.

  17. Brady has been great for 16 years. The Hall of Fame is now putting people in who have 4 great years. Either Brady’s 20’s and 30’s would get him under the Terrell Davis bar that has been set for admission with four great years.

    I kind of laugh at the post about Brady possibly only having one ring if breaks went the other way. I’m assuming we’re talking about the Philadelphia game, but Brady could also have 7. Nobody other quarterback has even been to 7. That’s amazing. Pretty sure no other quarterback has been to 5. The most important thing is how great he has been in the 4th quarter of Super Bowls. Of course, in seven Super Bowls that Brady has played in, the Patriots have 0 First quarter points. That’s why these games are close.

  18. How many other QBs have won a super bowl in their first year as starting QB?

    The proof is in the pudding.

    The Patriots fans have been treated to something special for a long time, thanks Bill & Tom.

    God knows how back this team was for years prior to there arrival.

  19. Yes yes the Pats had a cam 30′ out of position for 1/2 of 1 game in 2007. Nothing else about spygate was illegal. The fact that you people ignore the fact there’s this technology called a zoom lens that made it immaterial where the cam was located is laughable.

    Science and the over 50 lies told by Goodell and the league show that framegate was fabricated by the league and that you are poorly educated and failed 5th grad science if you believe it.

    There’s also the double standard involved that every single team in the league has been hit with some sort of penalty for violating rules in the last 20 years, most repeatedly. But somehow only the Pats “cheat”. That’s called a double standard by the way and invalidates any complaint you have about the Pats.

  20. I really can’t complain about the SBowl losses to the Giants. Most of the Pats SBowls could have gone either way, and they’re 5-2 in this age of parity and the salary cap. I’ll take it. Edelman’s catch against the Falcons was just as ridiculous as Tyree’s helmet catch. Just wish they coulda pulled it off against the Giants to shut up the Dolphins fans from 45 yrs ago.

  21. I’m just happy that he is now universally recognized as the greatest football player of all time. Anyone in denial will have to hear that every time they watch a football game for the rest of their life. It’s great.

  22. wib22 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 8:36 am
    Spycams, deflated footballs, cheating and contempt for others teams.

    That is what Brady and his team will be remembered for.

    Fits of childishly jealous comments are what others will be for.

  23. He’s reinventing athletes.

    Soon it won’t be, “I had to use peds just to complete” it’ll be, “I had to follow the TB12 plan just to get on the field.

  24. abninf says:
    August 4, 2017 at 9:00 am
    SteveQuinn19 says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Brady can do at 40. Had it not been for 2 fluke catches, this guy could have 7 SB rings.
    =================================================

    If it weren’t for two last second kicks, a horrible play call and one historical choke he could have one ring.

    Well if the other teams they beat in SBs had scored more points they would have won. There were a few historical chokes BTW, Ravens up 14 2x in the AFC div game, Seattle in SB49.

  25. In addition he’s married to a supermodel. Don’t like him, the team, and mostly the fans but I have to give respect where it is due.

  26. philvil41 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 7:54 am

    He and his team both got caught cheating.. His legacy is tainted forever.
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    I generally dislike people who think like this. The NFL did not take back any of the Patriot’s wins, so they all still stand, including the Super Bowls. There is no dispute in the NFL whether or not the Patriots have won 5 Super Bowls. But some bitter individual acting as judge and jury has decided on an alternate set of facts. I get it, your team is not good and Pat’s fans can be annoying. But grow up.

  27. Gee, funny how that happened right when his equipment guys got access to the footballs. Must be a coincidence though.

  28. He and his team were punished for cheating. Those are facts.You can’t tell the story of the NFL without mentioning the cheating scandals. He’s just like Barry Bonds ruined his reputation, and all his accomplishments are in question because if his own doing. Deal with it and stop making excuses for what truly happened. He’s a great talent but facts are facts. Take the blinders off and tell the truth, he’s still got the rings even tho they are tarnished beyond any doubt.

  29. abninf says:
    August 4, 2017 at 9:00 am
    SteveQuinn19 says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Brady can do at 40. Had it not been for 2 fluke catches, this guy could have 7 SB rings.
    =================================================

    If it weren’t for two last second kicks, a horrible play call and one historical choke he could have one ring.

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    And if it were not for two fluke plays he could have 7

  30. SteveQuinn19 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 6:41 am
    I’m looking forward to seeing what Brady can do at 40. Had it not been for 2 fluke catches, this guy could have 7 SB rings. But he won’t be a unanimous selection to the HOF. The hate for him among sportswriters will make sure of that.

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    You want to talk about flukes that cost Brady…..lets talk about flukes that benefitted Brady…..subtract on ring for the “Tuck” rule. Subtract another ring for the absolutely worst play call in the history of the NFL when Seattle threw the ball from the 1 yard line instead of running it. Then subtract another ring for the the Falcons deciding that throwing the ball with a huge lead late in the game was a good way to run the clock out.

    Bottom line is…..the Patriots got bailed out by a blown call in the Tuck rule game, so he should have only played in 6 SB’s…..then was gifted two rings by some absolutely insane play calling in two SB’s. If not for some of the flukiest circumstances any team or player has ever benefited from, Brady could VERY easily be 2-4 in SB’s…..then we are not talking about him being the greatest of all time.

    His “greatness” boils down to 2 fluke plays in two games…..and the Falcons absolutely playing the worst 15 minutes of football any team has EVER played in a 3rd game. And lets not forget, the great Tom Brady threw a pick 6 in that game.

  31. Hater arguments get both dumber and fewer after every year the Great One blesses us with his play. Do you even enjoy football? It does not sound like it.

  32. philvil41 says:

    August 4, 2017 at 10:57 am

    He and his team were punished for cheating. Those are facts.You can’t tell the story of the NFL without mentioning the cheating scandals. He’s just like Barry Bonds ruined his reputation, and all his accomplishments are in question because if his own doing. Deal with it and stop making excuses for what truly happened. He’s a great talent but facts are facts. Take the blinders off and tell the truth, he’s still got the rings even tho they are tarnished beyond any doubt.
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    The facts are the NFL did not understand 7&th grade science( and apparently neither do you!) and therefore thought the footballs were tampered with. Did you also forget the NFL admitted in FEDERAL Court they had NO evidence against Tom??
    Its also clear you have no idea what spygate was, taping from the wrong area of a game for less than a quarter.
    Your ignorance is amazing, do some research.

  33. I can’t WAIT until he retires, and the Pats return to 1980’s form..
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    It would be better if somebody was able to dethrone them.

    .. then they can ‘fade into bolivian’ as Iron Mike would thay.

  34. “subtract on ring for the “Tuck” rule. Subtract another ring for the absolutely worst play call in the history of the NFL when Seattle threw the ball from the 1 yard line instead of running it. Then subtract another ring for the the Falcons”

    The tuck rule was a rule in place at the time and called properly it was no fluke.

    The reason they didn’t run from the 1 is because they ran Lynch on 4th and 1 five times earlier that season and Lynch made the 1st down a grand total of 1 time. It was far from a guarantee they would have scored if they had run the ball.

    As to the Falcons oh please. Yes they made a couple bad play calls but the Pats had to literally put together something like 40-50 perfectly executed consecutive plays to come back, including Edelman having the single most incredible focus I’ve ever seen in over 50 years of watching the NFL to make his circus catch with 3 defenders hanging all over him.

    So stop with the whining already. The Pats earned every one of those rings.

  35. If it weren’t for two last second kicks, a horrible play call and one historical choke he could have one ring.
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    He doesn’t have any rings in my Madden Franchise……………………………….

  36. I’m just happy that he is now universally recognized as the greatest football player of all time.
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    Not so much.

    Jim Brown
    Walter Payton
    Jerry Rice

    Don Hutson still holds 23 NFL records.. he hasn’t played a down in over 80 years.. I doubt there is a soul on this site that saw him play.

  37. jmdanieli says:
    August 4, 2017 at 11:22 am
    philvil41 says:

    August 4, 2017 at 10:57 am

    He and his team were punished for cheating. Those are facts.You can’t tell the story of the NFL without mentioning the cheating scandals. He’s just like Barry Bonds ruined his reputation, and all his accomplishments are in question because if his own doing. Deal with it and stop making excuses for what truly happened. He’s a great talent but facts are facts. Take the blinders off and tell the truth, he’s still got the rings even tho they are tarnished beyond any doubt.
    =================================================================================
    The facts are the NFL did not understand 7&th grade science( and apparently neither do you!) and therefore thought the footballs were tampered with. Did you also forget the NFL admitted in FEDERAL Court they had NO evidence against Tom??
    Its also clear you have no idea what spygate was, taping from the wrong area of a game for less than a quarter.
    Your ignorance is amazing, do some research.
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    And you dont know any more than he does. You dont play or coach for the Patriots, and therefore, have no knowledge of intent of circumstances that led to spygate or how often it happend. There was enough smoke with deflategate to assume there was a fire in the mind of the NFL…..science be damned.

    This is today’s NFL….my team is going to lose its star running back because of an accusation that has absolutely NO evidence behind it. In fact, there is more evidence that its been made up. But that doesnt matter, he will get suspended and thats how it goes. Nobody outside of New England cares about Tom Brady and looks for any reason to hate him. Get over it.

  38. The Pats went to the Sbowl in the 80’s. They got destroyed by the greatest D of all time, But they still hot there. They’ve been to the Playoffs 18 out of the 23 yrs Kraft has owned the team. They went to the S Bowl in 96, way before Brady and Belichick got there. The coaches under Kraft’s ownership have been Parcells, Carroll and Belichick. Qbs have been Bledsoe and Brady. Anyone that thinks the Pats are going downhill soon are setting themselves up for a big disappointment

  39. “This is today’s NFL….my team is going to lose its star running back because of an accusation that has absolutely NO evidence behind it. In fact, there is more evidence that its been made up.”

    Yup. There is probably zero reason he should be suspended. But all you people who cheered the framegate farce because it hurt the Pats, not because there was any actual evidence it occurred other than through natural physics, were warned that your team could be next.

    And in fact you already got screwed by Goodell in capgate in which he stole millions of cap space from your team. At some point you may want to care about how badly Brady and other teams have been screwed by Goodell because your team is getting it too.

  40. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 11:34 am
    “subtract on ring for the “Tuck” rule. Subtract another ring for the absolutely worst play call in the history of the NFL when Seattle threw the ball from the 1 yard line instead of running it. Then subtract another ring for the the Falcons”

    The tuck rule was a rule in place at the time and called properly it was no fluke.

    The reason they didn’t run from the 1 is because they ran Lynch on 4th and 1 five times earlier that season and Lynch made the 1st down a grand total of 1 time. It was far from a guarantee they would have scored if they had run the ball.

    As to the Falcons oh please. Yes they made a couple bad play calls but the Pats had to literally put together something like 40-50 perfectly executed consecutive plays to come back, including Edelman having the single most incredible focus I’ve ever seen in over 50 years of watching the NFL to make his circus catch with 3 defenders hanging all over him.

    So stop with the whining already. The Pats earned every one of those rings.

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    UH OH! Triggered Patriots fan alert!

    That rule was obscure had only been called once before and has since been removed from the rule book. So yeah…its a fluke. Brady pumped, brought it down, stopped his throwing motion….it was a fumble. Lets not act like we are talking about some long standing rule that the NFL had played with since its inception. The rule was only in place for 3 years prior and even some die hard Patriot fans think it should have been a fumble.

    As for the reason Seattle not running the ball….yeah your explanation sounds great….only 1 major propblem….it wasnt 4th and 1….it was 2nd and 1….with 20 seconds and 1 time out….they had 2 shots at it.

    Ok….so you admit that the Falcons had to call some really dumb plays, New England needed everything else to go right including a fluke catch by Edelman? Great…..we are in agreement that they got lucky and needed some flukes to win that game too.

  41. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 11:34 am
    “subtract on ring for the “Tuck” rule. Subtract another ring for the absolutely worst play call in the history of the NFL when Seattle threw the ball from the 1 yard line instead of running it. Then subtract another ring for the the Falcons”

    The tuck rule was a rule in place at the time and called properly it was no fluke.

    The reason they didn’t run from the 1 is because they ran Lynch on 4th and 1 five times earlier that season and Lynch made the 1st down a grand total of 1 time. It was far from a guarantee they would have scored if they had run the ball.

    As to the Falcons oh please. Yes they made a couple bad play calls but the Pats had to literally put together something like 40-50 perfectly executed consecutive plays to come back, including Edelman having the single most incredible focus I’ve ever seen in over 50 years of watching the NFL to make his circus catch with 3 defenders hanging all over him.

    So stop with the whining already. The Pats earned every one of those rings.

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    Oh…..and forgot to mention my favorite part: “…including Edelman having the single most incredible focus I’ve ever seen in over 50 years of watching the NFL to make his circus catch with 3 defenders hanging all over him.”

    Patriots fans call this “incredible focus” when its one of their players making the play. When the other team does it and they lose its a “fluke”!

    You just cant make this stuff up!!!!

  42. mbara33 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 10:16 am
    Gee, funny how that happened right when his equipment guys got access to the footballs. Must be a coincidence though.

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

    Considering Brady’s performance the last 2 seasons, yes, it was a coincidence.

    Then again, you’re someone who still believes the NFL’s false story that the Patriots footballs were 2 PSI below and the Colts’ were unaffected, so your opinion isn’t surprising.

  43. george1859 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am
    GOAT.
    He has personally and single handed killed us off like..Buffalo.
    Bills fan…
    I can’t WAIT until he retires, and the Pats return to 1980’s form..

    _____

    They had 7 winning seasons from 1980-1989. Went 11-5 twice, went to the Super Bowl once. Finished 1st or 2nd in the division 5 times.

    What did you think happened in the 80’s?

  44. Patriots fans call this “incredible focus” when its one of their players making the play. When the other team does it and they lose its a “fluke”!

    If the Pats had been the ones who had the big lead and blew it in the last SB, you would have been the first one calling the Pats chokers and praising Atlanta for their awesome comeback. No way you have said an Atlanta win if that happened was a fluke.

    But you expect a Patriots fan to admit it their win was a fluke?

  45. joker65 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    Patriots fans call this “incredible focus” when its one of their players making the play. When the other team does it and they lose its a “fluke”!

    If the Pats had been the ones who had the big lead and blew it in the last SB, you would have been the first one calling the Pats chokers and praising Atlanta for their awesome comeback. No way you have said an Atlanta win if that happened was a fluke.

    But you expect a Patriots fan to admit it their win was a fluke?

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    The original comment that I replied to was to the Patriots fan who claimed that if not for two fluke catches, Tom Brady would have 7 rings. Yet harrisonhits2 (another Patriots fan) claimed that catch Edelman made was “…single most incredible focus I’ve ever seen in over 50 years of watching the NFL…”. My point was it all cuts both ways….they can all be viewed as either a fluke or “incredible focus”.

    And dont assume to know what I’d be saying had it all been reversed and the Patriots had lost. What do you call it when a team is up 25 points with 21 1/2 minutes of game left. They possess the ball 3 times before the Patriots tied the game…..they ran the ball 6 times and dropped back to pass 8 times. In those 8 passes, there were 2 incompletions stopping the clock, 2 sacks with 1 fumble….and they burned a time out…stopping the clock. Those 3 possession ate up a combined 5:29 of clock time….thats about 1:50 per possession. So yeah, the Patriots needed a LOT of help, they needed the Falcons to call more passess than runs, they needed the Falcons to preserve the clock by calling an offensive time out. They needed the Falcons to turn the ball over…..and yes, they needed a catch that required the most incredible focus Patriots fans have ever seen.

    They CHOKED….and they did it in the most epic way…in the history of the NFL only 6 times in 2600 games where a team was up 25 points did it lose the game……you dont come back and win those game without the other team gifting you a few things to make it happen.

  46. You left out that “no QB ever played on a team that was as solid from the ground up, and was gifted to play in the least competitive division, and gifted 2 SB wins by an gifted interception on a faulty play call, and an Atlanta team that didn’t recognize the need to run and kick a field goal to ICE the game.”

    Still, a very solid QB, whose also benefited from a lot of luck.

  47. “They CHOKED….and they did it in the most epic way…in the history of the NFL only 6 times in 2600 games where a team was up 25 points did it lose the game……you dont come back and win those game without the other team gifting you a few things to make it happen”

    Blah blah blah… Brady has 5 rings. It doesn’t matter whether the other team laid down or made stupid mistakes or fluke catches happened or the kicker put them ahead. The fact of the matter is he has more Superbowl rings than any other quarterback in NFL history, and he has the greatest career of any quarterback. He is the GOAT. Period

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