What’s Next for Tom Brady in His Fifth Decade?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) on the field during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 28, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

Happy 40th birthday, Tom Brady! You’re now closer to your sixties than your teens, and yet you’re six months removed from winning Super Bowl MVP. Soon after earning that fifth Super Bowl ring this winter, you told Peter King of The MMQB that you’d like to play until your mid-40s, which would require you to defy odds and laugh in the face of precedents. 

But you’ve made a habit of doing that, Tom. You’re the first player to quarterback his team to five Super Bowl victories, and you accomplished that despite being the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft. 

Still, Father Time is undefeated, and he often strikes abruptly. Your greatest rival, Peyton Manning, was the league MVP at the age of 37 and a Pro Bowler with a triple-digit passer rating at 38. As a 39-year-old in 2015, he and Ryan Mallett were the lowest-rated qualified passers in the NFL. 

Manning didn’t quite make it to 40. Neither did modern-era Hall of Famers Kurt Warner, Troy Aikman,

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2725246-whats-next-for-tom-brady-in-his-fifth-decade

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