Tom Brady says he can play until he’s 50 years old. A bold statement. No one has ever done it. Then again, the seven-time Super Bowl champ hasn’t given NFL fans any reason to believe he can’t pull it off. Like a fine wine, Tom Brady appears to be improving with age.
It really is something to behold. At 44, the legendary quarterback is still outperforming the majority of the league. The Week 1 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys saw Brady throw for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns. Granted, he threw two interceptions, but he did enough to deliver a win. And he did all of that in his first game since dominating the Kansas City Chiefs in last season’s Super Bowl, no less.
Honestly, barring a major injury, why wouldn’t he keep playing? He clearly loves football, still has a competitive drive, and is performing at a high level.
Well, one of the barriers was self-imposed. In 2017, he told ESPN that 45 would be a good age to consider hanging up the cleats. Though, he didn’t count out the possibility of continuing his historic NFL career into his late 40s. Now, with the big 45 looming around the corner, Brady is still feeling good. Really good, in fact.
In an installment of “Tommy and Gronky” posted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers YouTube channel, Tom Brady fielded a question from a fan asking if he could keep playing until 50. He shared some pretty good ideas regarding his retirement plans, too.
“Wow, seems to be a really hot question lately. Can Tom Brady play ’til 50? Like, 50 years old? Fifty. I don’t find it so difficult. Plus, in Florida, it’s kind of a retiree state, so I feel like I can play and then just glide into retirement. I think I can. I think it’s a yes,” Brady said.
Tom Brady: The Greatest Quarterback of All Time
Tom Brady doesn’t have anything left to prove. Those saying he’s not the greatest quarterback of all time are simply lying to themselves at this point. Whether or not he’s the most physically gifted QB ever is a conversation for a different time.
If you don’t believe us, take it from his former teammate, NFL Hall of Famer Ty Law. He played for the New England Patriots from 1995 to 2004 and had a front-row seat to Tom Brady’s first two Super Bowl wins.
“When you talk about GOATs and the legends of the league, the alpha GOAT, that’s Tom Brady. That’s the alpha GOAT, and there should be no debate about it. He’s in the same breath as when you talk about Michael Jordan, LeBron, Wayne Gretzky. When you’re talking about the Mount Rushmore of sports, Tom Brady’s face is up there,” Law told The Athletic recently.