If Tom Brady keeps playing like he did this year, he’ll “definitely” consider playing past 45

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Once upon a time, Tom Brady consistently said that he planned to play 10 more years. Then, he pivoted to a plan that had him playing through the year in which he turns 45.

With the 2022 campaign just two seasons away and with Brady playing as well as ever, Brady was asked on Monday whether he’ll play beyond 45, if he keeps playing like he did this season.

Oh definitely,” Brady said, via James Palmer of NFL Media.

He definitely looks like he can, and he definitely has shown no signs of slippage. With another year under contract in Tampa, the Bucs surely would like to extend the relationship even farther into the future.

So what will it be? 2023 and 46? 2024 and 47? 2025 and 48?

Could Brady play when he’s 50? Who knows? He’s already put his foot into Father Time’s ass. Although Father Time eventually will win, Brady apparently has gotten Father Time to give up trying, at least for now.

Again, watch the legs. When Brady can’t avoid getting hit, the hits will pile up — and the injuries will, too. Then again, as log as he can get rid of the ball when he sees the hit coming, those hits won’t happen.

36 responses to “If Tom Brady keeps playing like he did this year, he’ll “definitely” consider playing past 45

  1. I’m glad he will finally have a non-asterisked superbowl appearance to his name. He deserves at least to be on part with Trent Dilfer and Rex Grossman.

  2. Tom is the NFL’s golden boy. They change the rules to say no touching the QB in order to get Tom to play until he’s 65. By then, he’ll qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits.

  3. Tom said some time ago he possibly could play to 48. The hard target was 45, the 48 was a maybe. He said it two or three years ago.

  4. Win or lose, he’s not quitting after this year. He wants to win too much. If he wins, he ties Otto Graham for most titles ever. Which means he has to go for 8 (with Brady, that probably has been his goal all along as he has mentioned Graham’s 7 previously).

  5. Well his football IQ is worth more then most young guys’ arms so I don’t blame him.. but we are not pretending Tom Brady today is as good as Tom Brady two years ago are we? I mean his arrant deep balls should have cost his Team a superbowl, but the packers streak of self destruciton in an NFC championship continued.

  6. My guess is that Brady continues playing until he suffers a serious injury. I just don’t see his game dropping off significantly anytime soon.

  7. Why not 50? As long as nobody pulls that curtain back to see what’s really going on, why not?

  8. stubborndata says:
    February 1, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    I’m glad he will finally have a non-asterisked superbowl appearance to his name. He deserves at least to be on part with Trent Dilfer and Rex Grossman.

    *****************************************************

    There were no asterisks before so it’s business as usual. The fact that he’s there again doesn’t support your argument very well.

  9. Let’s not kid our selves: this is his final year. He saw how Eli, Brett, Phillip, donovan, Andrew luck, , Troy airman, and steve young left the game in a body bag. Tom rides off in the sunset with number 7

  10. He better hope he’s got a defense as good and WR Talent as the Bucs have this year, because he’s not good enough to carry a team anymore. His play in the second half of the NFCCG was atrocious.

  11. It might be a different narrative if the Packers pulled that game out last week. Brady had a classic TB first half, but was pretty bad in the 2nd. 3 picks would normally lead to a loss in a game like that.

    He’s one of the most driven athletes I’ve seen – more than Jordan. 6 titles, maybe 7 after Sunday. What’s left to prove? He’ll only start losing count when people ask him how many he’s got….

  12. You win with your brain and preparation , Brady in a new system in his first year with a new coach only proves hes the greatest of all time.

  13. Tha Nino Man says:
    February 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm
    3 picks in a championship game = ‘no signs of slippage’.
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    An up and down game for sure, not his best. And as much as you focus on his lackluster second half throwing the ball, you’ll never admit that in the first 32 minutes of the game he threw 3 TDs and led his team to a 28-10 lead over the #1 seed @ Lambeau. It doesn’t fit your narrative so I get it

  14. He should play as long as he wants, and as long as he’s wanted.

    The League should run him off though. He’s the anti-parity. Goes against everything the League wants/pretends to be.

  15. bringbackdayswithoutanarrest says:
    February 1, 2021 at 1:41 pm
    Let’s not kid our selves: this is his final year. He saw how Eli, Brett, Phillip, donovan, Andrew luck, , Troy airman, and steve young left the game in a body bag. Tom rides off in the sunset with number 7
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    I don’t know. Based on the NFCCG, he plays a pretty mean “chuck and duck” kind of football. He clearly was going to throw the ball up for grabs before taking any direct hits back there in the pocket.

  16. I give him until the wheels fall off when that all-star team they’ve assembled in Tampa starts wanting to get those all-star payouts and the cap numbers are no longer sustainable.

  17. Amazing how much a good defense can make the qb look better than he is. Dude had 3 picks and a 73 rating in his last game.

  18. Depends on a lot of factors. If he stayed in NE, it would be bye-bye Tommy. He knew what he was doing when he get the hell outta there!

  19. I look forward to Tom Brady being the only active NFL player to have Medicare payments as part of his contract negotiations.

  20. This is actually hilarious, the ONLY reason Brady and the Bucs are where they are is the Bucs effectively went out and purchased a roster for a one time shot at the SB. Couple that with the NFL wanting a home team SB game as well as Brady vs Mahomes. This thing reeks of setup.
    And for you Bucs fans that have climbed out of the closet for this one season bandwagon, enjoy it because it will be a completely different roster next year.
    You see players play for that SB ring, once they get it they play for the biggest contract. And the Bucs will have to dismantle this roster after this season.
    Brady will be on a team similar to the Jets or the Lions or Jags next year. And he will flounder miserably.
    The reason NE did it so well for so long is BB got TEAM 1st players and built the roster around that.
    There is none of that in TB. This is a purchased SB similar to what the Yankees do in MLB.

  21. “willieboy says:
    February 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm
    You win with your brain and preparation , Brady in a new system in his first year with a new coach only proves hes the greatest of all time.”
    __________________________________________

    Yes and no. Brady is older than Brees but Brees’ age is talked about much more. Injuries have taken much more of a toll on Brees than Brady.

  22. He had a good year – but unlike other years – he had some terrible games as well where he looked terrible (see Green Bay game for further evidence).

    He doesn’t scare or concern any defense at this stage – and is fortunate to be in a team w/ a great Defense who can make up for his deficiencies.

    I think it’s laughable to imagine him playing 2,3,4 years down the road / that’s just silly.

  23. Of course he would play till he is 60. He played for 20 years in a division that offered him 6 wins out of the gates. No hussle into the playoffs. He goes on to a Tampa Bay team that is stacked. I would play till ‘am ordered no to.

  24. Great old quarterbacks who keep playing remain great, right up until the point that they aren’t. Then, they fall off a cliff–the dropoff in performance is practically vertical.

    It happened to Favre. It happened to Manning. It will happen to Brady.

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