Tom Brady has consistently defied his father’s time and his critics whenever his age has been brought up. He’s the oldest player in the NFL and he’s still going strong. Last season, he came second in the NFL MVP voting. The previous season, he won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He has won four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVP awards since age 37. To put it in perspective, Joe Montana retired at age 38 with four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVP awards. It’s only since he was the same age as Joe Montana when he retired that Tom Brady has gained the equivalent of what the former 49ers great has achieved throughout his career.
The timeless wonder of Tom Brady
#1 – Winning the Super Bowl with a new team at age 43
Tom Brady won Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs in February 2020 at the age of 43. That alone would have been impressive if he had done it in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the win, he broke his own record as the oldest Super Bowl winner and won his seventh Super Bowl.
It’s one more Super Bowl win than any other franchise, let alone any other player. Last but not least, he also won the Super Bowl MVP award and set the record for oldest recipient.
#2 – Become the oldest NFL MVP at 40
In 2017, Tom Brady was named the NFL MVP for the third time in his career. He did it at the age of 40. The previous record was held by Peyton Manning, who set it when he was 37 with the Denver Broncos. Even Aaron Rodgers’ win last year was only 38 years old. Anyone who has seen his decline this year will understand how epic Brady’s win at that age is.
#3 – Breaking the Pro Bowl appearance record at 44
Last season, Brady made his 15th Pro Bowl and broke the record for most selections. He did it at the age of 44, when most players are truly retired.
#4 – Passing touchdowns and yards leader at 44
Last season, he came second in the NFL MVP voting, losing only to Aaron Rodgers. Brady led the league in completions, passing touchdowns and passing yards. At 44, he outshone all of his competition.
#5 – Deciding to retire at 45
Perhaps the best way Tom Brady defied father time was when he waived his retirement late last season and returned to the NFL the next month. Aside from a couple of weeks where things looked ill-advised, he appears to be back at his best and facing a playoff run this year. The next oldest quarterback on this list would be Brett Favre, who did it at age 38.
No wonder he decided to cancel his retirement and come back to play in the NFL. For Tom Brady, age is just a number to be won, just like everything else on the football field. He seems to be looking for a high point, no doubt after winning a Super Bowl. We’ll see if he can realize that ambition in the coming months or, who knows, in the coming seasons.