WATCH: Tom Brady Gets Help From Ref During Live Play

by Chris Haney
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During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Philadelphia Eagles game last night, quarterback Tom Brady seemed to get a helping hand from a referee in the middle of a live play.

The Bucs traveled to Lincoln Field in Philadelphia yesterday for Thursday Night Football. Tampa took a commanding lead throughout the game before the Eagles made things interesting late. But Brady and the Bucs toughed it out and ran out the final two minutes on the clock to take home another W. The team won 28-22, which gave them another tally in the win column for a 5-1 start to the season.

However, an interesting clip from the game has made the rounds on social media since last night’s game. During one offensive series, Tom Brady struggled to lead his team down the field. He threw two incomplete passes on first and second down. Then, on third down, he threw an interception to an Eagles defender.

As soon as the defense secures a turnover, and the play is still ongoing, offensive players are considered active defenders. Therefore quarterbacks can be blocked and legally shoved around to keep them from tackling the man with the ball.

In this case, Philly’s defensive end Derek Barnett went after Tom Brady to keep him out of the play after the interception. As Barnett continued to shove Brady, one of the refs seemed to get in between the two players and tried to get Barnett to quit bullying the quarterback. However, Barnett had every right to rough up the 7-time Super Bowl champion. Thankfully for Brady’s sake, his center Ryan Jensen came to his defense and pushed the defender away from his QB.

For many, it seemed like the ref was showing favoritism to Tom Brady by protecting him from Barnett. When you’re arguably the greatest NFL player ever, we guess you’ve earned some concessions here and there.

Tom Brady Thinks He Can Play Football Until He’s 50 Years Old

Most athletes see a decline in their on-field performance by their 30s. Few are lucky to even make it in professional sports once they near their 40s. Yet Tom Brady is like the Energizer bunny – he just keeps on ticking.

For many seasons now, fans and NFL analysts alike have speculated about when the QB will call it quits on his storied career. But he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon since Brady is still dominating the league at 44 years old.

Back in 2017, he told ESPN that he might retire around age 45. Additionally, he added that he may instead play into his late 40s if his health permits it. But 45 is coming up quick for the Bucs QB, and he doesn’t seem to have an end in sight for his NFL career.

During a recent interview in a YouTube clip called “Tommy and Gronky” posted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers official channel, Brady opened up about retirement once again. When asked if he would play in the NFL until he was 50, Brady confirmed that’s a real possibility.

“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 explained.

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