What good is your retirement if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy it? Not that retirement is in this guy’s mind. Dan Pompei wrote at BleacherReport.com that at 39, Tom Brady is in better shape than ever.
At 39, Peyton Manning no longer could throw the way he used to. He missed seven starts with a foot injury and had a 67.9 passer rating—easily the worst of his career. And he knew it was time to exit the arena.
At 39, Brady led the AFC in passer rating, yards per attempt and passing yards per game. The Patriots won 11 of his 12 starts, leading many to believe he was the league’s MVP. And he dreamed of playing for another decade.
“It is unbelievable to see a 39-year-old man play like he’s 29,” says Edelman, his teammate for eight years. “His body hasn’t really changed. He may have lost some hair. Other than that, he’s still the same.”
Brady isn’t aging as much as he is evolving, and it is not by happenstance. His objective is not to avoid becoming Manning at 39. It’s to become a better Brady.
“I love the game, and I always want to improve,” Brady says. “My college coach used to say, ‘Better or worse: What’s it gonna be?’ I love to learn and to see improvement.”
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