Tom Brady turns 40 in August and Miami Dolphins fans would like to believe at some point their torture will end.
Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback with five super Bowl rings, told Sirus XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller that “I still plan on playing for a long time.”
Great. A long time???
“If it was up to my wife she would have me retire today,” Brady said. “She told me that last night three times. And I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it then, I mean I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”
The Miami Dolphins have floundered since Brady became New England’s starting quarterback in his second NFL season, 2001.
This is from a recent Daily Dolphin post outlining all the annoying ways the Dolphins were connected to a Super Bowl in which they were not participating:
“Brady is 20-9 all-time against the Miami Dolphins, completing 61 percent of passes with 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.7. Against the Dolphins, Brady has actually performed below his career average of 97.2. So there are plenty of years left and plenty of room to improve. Curse? The Dolphins have not won a playoff game in the 16 seasons Brady has been a Patriots’ starter.”
So how much longer can Brady realistically play? (As an aside, this reminds me of the era when the New York Knicks knew they basically had no chance to win the Eastern Conference until Michael Jordan retired. Then he did and they did, under Pat Riley.)
Back to Brady.
Here is how old some of the NFL’s greatest passers were when they began their final NFL season:
Peyton Manning: 39
Brett Favre: 41
Dan Marino: 38
John Elway: 38
Warren Moon: 42
Fran Tarkenton: 38
Vinny Testaverde: 44
Drew Bledsoe: 34
Joe Montana: 38
Common sense says Brady can play two or maybe three more years at the high standard he’s set for himself.
Anything beyond that would be super-human.
Brady is human, right?
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