By Jason Patterson | United States
Brady, the former 6th rounder, “nobody” has shattered NFL records as a 40-year-old quarterback in the 2017 season, playing some of his best football in his 18-year career.
Making it even more impressive Brady didn’t just dominate the 40-year-old age bracket; his excellence extended across the entire NFL. He even played well enough to be named the MVP on Saturday night!
Ironically Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman accepted the MVP on Brady’s behalf at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in Minneapolis. However, the quarterback did in fact later post a message via the Patriots’ Twitter account, thanking his teammates, as well as the younger players around the league who continue to inspire him, shortly after.
Brady received 40 votes in balloting by a nationwide media panel, easily winning over Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (eight) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (two).
Brady, also was league MVP in 2007 and 2010, will try to win his sixth Super Bowl title Sunday. The last NFL MVP to win the Super Bowl was Kurt Warner in the 1999 season and has made claims to his wife that he will win 2 more Superbowls before retiring.
In addition to being the oldest to win NFL MVP, Brady is the oldest QB to start in the Super Bowl and the oldest to lead the NFL in passing yards. Fran Tarkenton, with 3,468 yards in 1978 at age 38 with Minnesota, previously held the distinction.
Brady’s breathtaking season at 40 has been a topic that has followed him all season, which he has embraced by highlighting his commitment to his craft and producing the documentary “Tom vs. Time,” with the first four installments released in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII.
I learned that I need to invest in my body, and invest in the things that are going to make me feel good, or else I would have stopped playing 10 years ago,” he said. “I don’t think there is any way you can continue to play if your body can’t do it.”
Brady also even joined 12 other quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to start an NFL game past age 40. The oldest player to attempt a pass in a game was George Blanda at age 48 as a member of the Oakland Raiders in the final game of his career, on Dec. 21, 1975.
Brady also became the fourth Patriots player to play at 40, joining quarterbacks Doug Flutie (43 in 2005) and Vinny Testaverde (43 in 2006) and linebacker Junior Seau (40 in 2009.
Tom Brady has had an incredible career and shows no signs of slowing down!