At age 44, Tom Brady leads NFL in passing yards

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Tom Brady is not slowing down at the age of 44.

In fact, after Brady’s 411-yard game in Sunday’s 45-17 win over the Dolphins, he now leads the NFL with 1,767 yards in the 2021 season.

That’s just not supposed to happen, a 44-year-old leading the NFL in passing yards. Or for that matter leading any major professional sports league in any significant statistical category.

In fact, the oldest player in NFL history to lead the league in passing yards was . . . Tom Brady, when he did it in 2017 at the age of 40. Other than Brady, the oldest player ever to lead the NFL in passing yards was Fran Tarkenton, when he did it in 1978 at the age of 38.

Brady is also leading the league in both pass attempts and completions, and the advanced stats at FootballOutsiders.com say he has been the most valuable player in the NFL so far this season.

This may not be the very best season of Brady’s career — it would be hard to top 2007, when he put up many of his career-best numbers while leading the Patriots to the only 16-0 season in NFL history — but it’s right up there with his best. At his age, that’s a stunning achievement.

28 responses to “At age 44, Tom Brady leads NFL in passing yards

  1. “This may not be the very best season of Brady’s career — it would be hard to top 2007, when he put up many of his career-best numbers while leading the Patriots to the only 16-0 season in NFL history — but it’s right up there with his best. At his age, that’s a stunning achievement.”

    Wait, season over already? I thought there were 17 games. The guy is on track for over 6k yards. Will he get there? Who knows? But it sure will be fun to watch.

  2. At 44…Tom Brady has acquired that “old man strength.” All that avocado ice cream is paying off.

  3. He also have a 4-yard average per rushing attempt. Alvin Kamara’s average is 3.9. So, there it is.

  4. He also has a 4-yard average per rushing attempt. Alvin Kamara’s average is 3.9. So, there it is.

  5. No one cares. Same goes for Mahomes, at this point. Most of us have seen enough, would rather watch guys like Allen and Herbert. Stop putting Brady and Mahomes on national TV, most of us aren’t watching.

  6. Gee…..thanks Bill

    Mike Evans
    Antonio Brown
    Rob Gronkowski
    Chris Godwin
    Cameron Brate
    OJ Howard

    versus

    Jacob Hollister
    Jakobi Meyers
    Braxton Berrios
    N’Keal Harry
    Mohamed Sanu
    Phillip Dorsett

  7. GOAT. I withheld the moniker up through about…oh…2016. But only because I’m stubborn, not stupid. Smart money called him the GOAT by around 2012-2013 or so.

    He’s earned every letter.

  8. tonyzendejas says:
    October 11, 2021 at 11:44 am
    Gee…..thanks Bill

    Mike Evans
    Antonio Brown
    Rob Gronkowski
    Chris Godwin
    Cameron Brate
    OJ Howard

    versus

    Jacob Hollister
    Jakobi Meyers
    Braxton Berrios
    N’Keal Harry
    Mohamed Sanu
    Phillip Dorsett

    ————–

    You know who serves as the Pats’ GM, right?

  9. Breaking records at 44 really shows how great those players were who didn’t play twenty years. If you play long enough you will break lots of records….duh.

  10. Bruce Arians is a genius.
    ==========

    Said no one ever.

    … well, except Bruce himself.

  11. tonyzendejas says:
    October 11, 2021 at 11:44 am
    Gee…..thanks Bill

    Mike Evans
    Antonio Brown
    Rob Gronkowski
    Chris Godwin
    Cameron Brate
    OJ Howard

    versus

    Jacob Hollister
    Jakobi Meyers
    Braxton Berrios
    N’Keal Harry
    Mohamed Sanu
    Phillip Dorsett

    ——

    So the Bucs have a better GM.

    Gee thanks Bill

  12. You know who serves as the Pats’ GM, right?

    I do. But it’s 100x easier for a highly-sought-after player to bounce to a team with very strong roster bones (and attract a few great free agents afterwards) than it is for a GM to reorganize 53+ players with varying states of contractual obligation to suit the personal preference of a single player.

    Bill did an *okay* job in recent years based on what was available to surround Tom with offensive talent. He could have done more, but it would’ve been at the expense of one of the other phases. Tampa is in the middle of a *very brief* window where both their offensive and defensive cores are remarkably talented. They simply needed a great QB, and Tom made himself available.

    Point being: Bill wasn’t going to assemble a roster like Tampa’s anytime soon, and neither were 30 other teams.

  13. tonyzendejas says:
    October 11, 2021 at 11:44 am
    Gee…..thanks Bill

    Mike Evans
    Antonio Brown
    Rob Gronkowski
    Chris Godwin
    Cameron Brate
    OJ Howard

    versus

    Jacob Hollister
    Jakobi Meyers
    Braxton Berrios
    N’Keal Harry
    Mohamed Sanu
    Phillip Dorsett
    —————————————————
    The salary cap could have something to with that.

  14. So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub .500 pre-Brady and is now sub .500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl! BB should give his pathetic boat with the ring count on the back to the guy who actually EARNED those rings in SPITE of working with a LOSING head coach….uh, that would be BRADY and Tuna. Case closed.

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