Joe Montana Believes Tom Brady Can Play Until He’s 60

by Thad Mitchell

Just how long will Tom Brady continue his NFL career is a question on the minds of many football fans — including Joe Montana.

If anyone knows about being a successful quarterback in the National Football League — it’s Joe Montana. The former San Francisco 49er and Kansas City Chief is one of the most accomplished players to ever take the field. Montana holds numerous NFL passing records, won multiple Super Bowls and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2000. Now 65-years-old, many still look at Joe Montana as one of the greatest players of all time. The former quarterback had some interesting thoughts on arguably the greatest football player of all time — Tom Brady.

At 44-years-old, Tom Brady is defying all odds by continuing to play at a very high level. Coming off of a Super Bowl win with a brand new team, Tom Brady appears on track to do it again with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. How much longer can he keep it up is the one million dollar question. Joe Montana thinks Brady has plenty still left in the tank and could play in the NFL until he’s 60-years-old. Montana attributes Brady’s craftiness in the pocket as the reason he could play another 15 seasons. In an interview with USA Today, Joe Montana explains how Tom Brady is able to avoid wear and tear.

“They don’t even touch him,” Montana says. “He’s hardly ever getting hit. So, he could play until maybe 60, I don’t know. It’s always about the physical part. How long can you handle that part of it?”

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Further elaborating, Montana says Tom Brady’s ability to stay upright is due to his own abilities and NFL rule changes.

“The way it is with the rules today, he just doesn’t take those big hits anymore,” he says. “Yeah, he gets hit on occasion, but it’s never one of those, ‘300 pounds compressing you into the ground.’ They stopped that from being legal. They just don’t do that anymore.”

While you wouldn’t describe Tom Brady as “fast” or “elusive,” he is mobile enough to work in a collapsing pocket. He’s made an art form out of dodging defenders that are twice his size and twice as fast. A big part of his success is the incredible awareness he plays with. Watching Tom Brady stare down a blitz might make you think he has eyes in the back of his head — and on both sides. Young quarterbacks looking to improve their game would do well to watch and study Brady’s subtle movements in the pocket.

Brady and the Bucs are 3-1 on the young season will face the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.