Three facts that prove Tom Brady’s age has failed to slow him down in the NFL

Tom Brady has put together the greatest career of any NFL player of all time. He holds nearly every possible statistical record for a quarterback, including wins, yards, and touchdowns.

He has appeared in the Super Bowl 10 times and won the right to seven of them, both more than any player in NFL history.

At this point in his career, Tom Brady is essentially rewriting the record books and creating a new standard of greatness.

While the countless rewards are certainly impressive, his most famous victory of all may simply be his victorious battle against time itself. He seems ageless as his overall performance refused to decline as he got older. These three achievements prove it.


#1 – Oldest player ever to win the NFL MVP Award

Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots
Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots

Tom Brady is the oldest player ever to win the NFL MVP Award. He won the award at the conclusion of the 2017 NFL season when he was 40 years old, making him the only player in his 40s to be named the NFL MVP.

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Brady led the entire league that season with 4,577 yards, while adding 32 touchdowns and helping the New England Patriots to a 13-3 record. It was the third NFL MVP award won during his career and also his most recent.


#2 – Oldest QB ever to win a Super Bowl ring

Brady lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy
Brady lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Tom Brady is the only starting quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl ring after turning 40. While that would be impressive enough, it goes much further than that. He has appeared in three Super Bowls since turning 40, winning two of them.

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Brady appeared in Super Bowls with the Patriots at the age of 40 or older in back-to-back seasons, in 2017 and 2018. They lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the first, but defeated the Los Angeles Rams the following year.

The third appearance and second victory occurred after the 2020 NFL season when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs.


#3 – Tom Brady led the NFL in deaths at 44

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady

While most players’ performance on the field declines significantly as they get older, this was not the case with Brady. At 44 years old, through the 2021 NFL season, he led the entire league with an astonishing 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns.

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It was the fourth time in his career that Brady led the league in passing yards, as well as the fifth time he had thrown most touchdowns. He made a strong case for his fourth NFL MVP award, but it went to Aaron Rodgers instead.

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Edited by Akshay Saraswat


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