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Tom Brady will play in his tenth Super Bowl this Sunday — this time against the Kansas City Chiefs — and he will do so at 43 years of age. That is absolutely bonkers when you think about it.
But for anyone thinking that this is the end of Brady slinging the ball around the football field, I’ve got news for you. As long as he continues to be effective, Brady plans to play. He may even play past the age of 45, which has been a magic number for star athletes.
When asked if he would consider playing after his 45th birthday, here’s what Brady had to say:
“Definitely. I’d definitely consider that,” Brady said Monday, via ESPN. “It’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is you never know when that moment is. Just because it’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. And it has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it.”
This is a guy gearing up for a seventh Super Bowl victory. Even if he gets it, that still won’t be enough. Heck, it might take a ring on all 10 fingers before he’ll consider hanging it up on his own. Either that or he’ll need to find that cliff Max Kellerman was talking about back in 2016.
Is he the same guy he was five years ago? Statistically, yes, but if you watch him, you can see some decline in his performance. It’s absolutely possible for him to play past the age of 45 though. He just threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns this season.
I just hope we never have to see him in “Peyton Manning from 2015” mode. That was rough.
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He can keep going until he slips in the bathtub and breaks his hip. It’s all over after that.