Tom Brady: Playing until 50 is a long time, even for me

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After the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady to an extension through the 2022 season this year, General Manager Jason Licht said that he told Brady that he thinks the quarterback could play until he’s 50 as long as he still wants to play.

That would make Brady the oldest player to take the field in league history, which doesn’t seem so farfetched now that Brady is the oldest regular starting quarterback to ever play in the NFL and has shown little drop in the quality of his play. That doesn’t mean Brady is planning on playing football into his sixth decade on Earth.

“50? That’s a long time. Even for me, that’s a long time,” Brady said, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. “I’ve always said 45 was the age that I wanted to reach and that was my goal. This year I’ll be 44, so next year I’ll be 45. I got a two-year contract. I’m going to be able to obviously play this year and God forbid anything happens but play next year and then see what happens after that. If I still want to keep playing, I might be able to do that. And if that’s enough, then that would be enough.”

Brady has long talked about playing until he’s 45, but admitted to being a “little fearful” of life after football this offseason and continued success in 2021 will make it easier to see him pushing past that point. That’s still a long way from 50, but it’s been a long time since anyone got rich doubting Brady’s ability to get the job done.

55 responses to “Tom Brady: Playing until 50 is a long time, even for me

  1. I’d love to keep watching Brady play until he wins his tenth ring and I’m not even a big fan of his.

  2. Let’s remember one thing. The only reason these QB’s can play well into their 40’s now is because of the rule changes.
    If QB’s could be hit like they were in the 50’s and 60’s, none of them would play into their 40’s.

  3. Years ago, Brady said that his “craziest ambition” would be to become a U.S. Senator. It isn’t so crazy an idea now. He’s already a mega-hero in Massachusetts and Florida. He’s smart, has got eye appeal, charisma and has already mastered the skill of speaking, well, politically. His wife is accomplished and prettier than he is. They have a great family. When he hangs ’em up, he could run as a moderate Republican in Florida or a Democrat in Massachusetts and, I believe, win easily. Sen. Tom Brady. Seems almost pre-ordained.

  4. stellarperformance says:
    June 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm
    He can do it. Not everyone is as lucky as he is.

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    Luck – the intersection of preparation and opportunity

    Yup…he is lucky

  5. There has clearly a drop in performance. But with age comes experience and expertise which is more valuable, hence the indisputable GOAT QB.

    I think the league should stop the charade, be honest about revenue as the priority, and make basketball rules apply to a QB (except, two hands on the ball instead of dribbling).

  6. Sen. Tom Brady. Seems almost pre-ordained.

    I hope not…
    QB coach > Offensive Coordinator > Head Coach > GM sounds more like it to me.

  7. The really entertaining part is if he does play to 50 the Pats will still have never made the playoffs after he left.

  8. Tom is now the undisputed GOAT. He has nothing left to prove other than playing to an arbitrary age he has set for himself. If he were talking about “I need three more rings, gotta get to 10”, then I’d believe he has the desire to keep playing. But, talking about “I got a two-year contract…then see what happens” ..makes me think he is really feeling his age. I can’t stand him and will be happy to see him retire, but he’s won enough to earn the respect. After Tom is done in football, hopefully after this season, they should just give him Terry Bradshaw’s job.

  9. NR1853 says:

    June 18, 2021 at 12:06 pm
    Let’s remember one thing. The only reason these QB’s can play well into their 40’s now is because of the rule changes.
    If QB’s could be hit like they were in the 50’s and 60’s, none of them would play into their 40’s.

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    Not quite. Just ask Drew Brees, Jimmy G, Joe Burrow, Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes and all the other QBs, who have been hurt the past few years. Brady has just mastered the art of getting rid of the ball quickly so he can live to make another play.

  10. So, he’s playing until he’s 50, isn’t he?

    Think this is how “playing until I’m 45” started out.

    I also think that if Mahomes or any other QB starts winning multiple Super Bowl’s that will make Brady want to keep on playing to make sure that no one can catch him.

  11. If this is too long for the GOAT, then there’s hope for getting rid of Aaron Rodgers MUCH sooner.

  12. Memories are so short. He was average virtually all of last year. Everyone saw all the terrible throws he would have made when younger.

    Go see him this season, folks. It’s over.

  13. I don’t care how long he plays. He’s already given us a lifetime of thrilling performances. That Atlanta Superbowl STILL hurts their fans…. GOAT for sure….

  14. Brady has won 264 games so far (230 regular season and 34 playoff wins). I just hope he becomes the first player to win 300+ games. If he plays 2 more years he would have to win 18 games a year to hit 300. Not impossible but also not likely. If he plays 3 more years it’s almost a lock.

    If he does it, then the top 3 player wins list would be:

    1. Brady 300+ (tbd)

    2. Manning 200 (186/14)

    3. Farve 199 (186/13

  15. Lots of silly digs at Tom here: cheat, old, can’t make throws, and my personal favorite: self-absorbed.

    You lot really should get over it. Tom Brady is the undisputed GOAT. If you cannot appreciate watching football history in the making, you’re missing out.

  16. billymutt says:
    June 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm
    Lots of silly digs at Tom here: cheat, old, can’t make throws, and my personal favorite: self-absorbed.

    You lot really should get over it. Tom Brady is the undisputed GOAT. If you cannot appreciate watching football history in the making, you’re missing out.

    ____________________________

    Since when can a cheater be considered the GOAT? Sorry to break it to you Pats/Bucs fans, but much of the country doesn’t think Brady is the GOAT for this reason.

  17. Memories are so short. He was average virtually all of last year. Everyone saw all the terrible throws he would have made when younger.

    Go see him this season, folks. It’s over.

    This is about as dumb as it gets.

  18. Brady just told everyone what he was doing. He said he has a 2 yr contract that takes him thru when he’s 45. He’s been saying for 10 years he’s gonna play til he’s 45. Wake up.

  19. nygiantsownbrady says:
    June 18, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    billymutt says:
    June 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm
    Lots of silly digs at Tom here: cheat, old, can’t make throws, and my personal favorite: self-absorbed.

    You lot really should get over it. Tom Brady is the undisputed GOAT. If you cannot appreciate watching football history in the making, you’re missing out.

    ____________________________

    Since when can a cheater be considered the GOAT? Sorry to break it to you Pats/Bucs fans, but much of the country doesn’t think Brady is the GOAT for this reason.

    13 71 Rate This

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    It’s gotten a lot warmer here in NH and my tire pressure is up from 32 to 36 psi. Did Tom come by and put air in my tires?

  20. Having just turned 50, I would say this. 45 is a lot more similar to 40 than 50 is to 45.

  21. “He was average virtually all of last year. Everyone saw all the terrible throws he would have made when younger”

    Yeah….he was 3rd in the league in passing last season with 40 TDs to only 12 INTS and a rating for the year of 102.2

    But sure “its over” SMH

  22. nhpats2011 says:
    June 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    It’s gotten a lot warmer here in NH and my tire pressure is up from 32 to 36 psi. Did Tom come by and put air in my tires?

    _____________________________________

    Odds are the man who calls himself The Deflator deflated footballs multiple times before games to make Brady happy.

    Also, we know that Matt Walsh told Goodell he witnessed (but not taped) the Rams walkthrough prior to Super Bowl 36 and told then Patriots Defensive Assistant Brian Daboll everything he saw, including that Marshall Faulk was returning kicks. Without this information, it is likely the Pats would have lost that game and this means no dynasty for your cheating team. Let that sink in.

  23. nhpats2011 says:
    June 18, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    Luck – the intersection of preparation and opportunity
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Nobody believes this. Even your first boss at McDonald’s that gave you a motivational poster with this phrase back in seventies didn’t believe it. Here’s the truth:

    luck /lək/, noun; success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
    “it was just luck that the first kick went in”

  24. nygiantsownbrady says:
    June 18, 2021 at 1:26 pm
    Top 3 QBs who didn*t cheat:

    1. Montana

    2. P. Manning

    3. Unitas

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    Don’t know about Unitas. But Jerry Rice, Montana’s favorite receiver admitted that he used stickum at a time when stickum was prohibited by the NFL.

    P. Manning, had a sketchy sports clinic in Indianapolis prescribe HGH to Mrs. P Manning, while she was pregnant; HGH would be off-label for a pregnant woman; and what wealthy pregnant woman would go to a sketchy sports clinic for HGH when she could afford to go to the best doctors in the world. And this coincided with the post-neck surgery period of Peyton’s career.

    I’m not accusing anyone of anything but to be clear using the standard used by Goodell & Ted Wells against Brady that it was it was “more probable than not” that New England Patriots equipment personnel were deliberately circumventing the rules.[14]:122 Further, Brady was implicated as it being “more probable than not” that Brady was “generally aware” of the deflation, the whole world would be guilty of everything.

  25. Hate to break it to the Brady hater but Peyton Manning was an HGH using goon and Montana used Stickum on his hands.

  26. Wouldn’t stickum on the hands of the quarterback be a detriment rather than an advantage?

  27. 1000% bucs fan here. We have had some really bad years and good years. Previous to the 2002 sb alot of outsiders did not recognize our defense was top 10 for quite some time, all hail monte kiffen for that era. If you ever heard Derrick brooks on the radio explain the tampa 2 it might blow people’s minds.
    So back to brady. I would love to see the guy play in our stadium as a buccaneer. There might have been 1 time where he played in tampa as a member of the patriots and i just wanted to see it in real life and have a memory of 1 of the best that ever played the game. Yes i saw manning destroy us at home but brady is still rolling. I think without covid restrictions this year the bucs will be unstoppable. Brady probably wants that perfect season with a sb win. If anything he added the first team ever to host a superbowl and win it to his legacy. Prediction 2021 superbowl bucs vs bills

  28. nygiantsownbrady says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:20 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    June 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    It’s gotten a lot warmer here in NH and my tire pressure is up from 32 to 36 psi. Did Tom come by and put air in my tires?

    _____________________________________

    Odds are the man who calls himself The Deflator deflated footballs multiple times before games to make Brady happy.

    Also, we know that Matt Walsh told Goodell he witnessed (but not taped) the Rams walkthrough prior to Super Bowl 36 and told then Patriots Defensive Assistant Brian Daboll everything he saw, including that Marshall Faulk was returning kicks. Without this information, it is likely the Pats would have lost that game and this means no dynasty for your cheating team. Let that sink in.

    ———

    Oh my God…..so if the Patriots didn’t know Marshall Faulk might return kicks they would have lost the game!!!

    What sinks in is how desperate you and others are to besmirch the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL. Here’s a thought, instead of being butt hurt, embrace it. You are witnessing history. It won’t happen again.

  29. Its truly a treat to watch Brady play. He will know when its time to quit. Watching greatness never gets old

  30. Whenever you have a great player—a legendary player—they will have irrational excuse-making sad sacks who lie in waste at their feet because he tortured their teams and dashed their hopes for all those years.

    Let the childish excuses continue I guess, but two things are true: it won’t make them feel any better and it won’t change the facts—Brady is the best to ever do it.

  31. As Brady continues his legendary career, here are some milestones within his reach: (1) To get to 700 touchdown passes in the regular season and playoffs combined, he needs 36 more: (2) to reach 300 victories combined, he needs 36 more; to reach 100 touchdown passes in just the playoffs, he needs 17; and, to reach the unimaginable total of 100,000 passing yards — about 57 miles — combined, he needs 8,347 yards. Wow. Just Wow.

    (Related note: Even though Brady has played in many more Super Bowls than any other quarterback, he does not hold the record for Super Bowl interceptions. He has thrown just six in his 10 appearances in the big game. That record belongs to John Elway, eight picks in five games. Craig Morton tried his best to garner this dubious achievement with seven interceptions in two games. Jim Kelly also threw seven, but in four games.)

  32. If it weren’t for Spygate, the Pats wouldn’t have won in 2001, 2003, and 2004. Without these wins, Brady would not have 7 rings and would not be the GOAT. Prove me wrong, Pats/Bucs fans.

  33. Shaun B says:
    June 18, 2021 at 11:50 am
    Quick someone tell him he can’t do it, signed Bucs Nation.
    ___________________________________

    He said the same thing, did you even read the article?

    I didn’t think so!

  34. nygiantsownbrady says:
    June 18, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    billymutt says:
    June 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm
    Lots of silly digs at Tom here: cheat, old, can’t make throws, and my personal favorite: self-absorbed.

    You lot really should get over it. Tom Brady is the undisputed GOAT. If you cannot appreciate watching football history in the making, you’re missing out.

    ____________________________

    Since when can a cheater be considered the GOAT? Sorry to break it to you Pats/Bucs fans, but much of the country doesn’t think Brady is the GOAT for this reason.
    __________________________________________

    So it was Brady that told the photographers to take pictures of the opposing D’s sending in signals?

    It was Brady who ordered the headsets to be tuned to a radio starion?

    It was Brady who ordered the balls deflated?

    GET OVER IT HE DOESN’T HAVE THAT MUCH POWER!

    It’s a lot more likely those orders came from someone a lot higher in the food chain than Brady!

    Bellicheck cheated, now that I’d believe a lot sooner than I’d think Brady cheated!

    OHHH and as far as the deflated balls, half of the Colts balls were deflated also but no one wants to talk about that. Or was it that Brady ordered those Colts balls be deflated too?

    BTW ALL TEAMS CHEAT, don’t believe it go look at your team cheats . com!

    SF was one of the biggest cheaters when Montana played for them, there was salarycap gate, stickem’ gate, silicone gate and a few others. Montana admitted that SF cheated the cap every year he played for them and I don’t hear anyone blaming Montana for any of it.

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