Tom Brady just celebrated his 37th birthday, but that hasn’t slowed him down during training camp with the New England Patriots. Yesterday, Brady had his strongest outing yet, unraveling the defense of the Washington Redskins with a little help from wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Brady may be the oldest player on the New England roster, but he proved that age is in fact just a number and that he still has some unfinished business in the NFL.
The focus of last season was constantly subjecting Brady and Peyton Manning to the never ending debate over which quarterback is better. Both are closer to the end of their careers than the beginning, so it is only natural to assume that at least one of them would be in a downward spiral. Last season was subpar by Brady standards, while Manning had a season that far exceeded the expectations of many. The media focused on how Manning was currently the better or the two for the entire season until he bombed in the Super Bowl. Suddenly, all were back on the side of Brady, claiming he was and always had been the best quarterback in NFL history behind only Joe Montana.
It is a new year, and Brady has once again shown in training camp that he is an absolute force. The new additions on offense should only improve his chance of having a great year, and perhaps this will finally close the mouths of those who say he is on the decline. He may not be as limber as he once was, but a true leader and true talent doesn’t fade overnight.
It is true that age is just a number, but retirement is lingering for Brady whether he is at the top of his game or not. It is rare to see a professional football player compete into their 40s, no matter their skill level at the time. Fans go into each new season assuming that this may be the last chance for Brady to win another Super Bowl, but if he keeps playing at the level he is currently at, we may be talking about his Super Bowl potential for the next few years to come.