Tom Brady has defied every expectation when it comes to his age. In 2019, he became the oldest quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl, leading the New England Patriots past the Los Angeles Rams. Then, last season, he broke his own record — lifting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a victory in Super Bowl LV.
That success has prompted Brady to extend his goal of playing until he’s 45. Last week, when asked whether playing until 50 is a possibility, the 44-year-old Brady said, “I think it’s a yes.” And Bill Belichick, Brady’s longtime coach in New England, said in a Monday interview on “The Greg Hill Show” that “if anyone can do it, it’s probably him.”
“I’m sure Tom would know better than anybody,” Belichick said.
Brady threw for 276 yards and five touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 48-25 win over Atlanta on Sunday, moving the Buccaneers to 2-0 this season and marking their 10th win in a row dating back to 2020. Since Week 15 of last year, their offense has scored more than 30 points in nine consecutive games, including a season-opening win against the Dallas Cowboys where Brady led his 49th game-winning drive to set up the decisive field goal.
“What I think and I’m sure the other guys feel the same way is I think we do better,” Brady said after the victory over the Falcons. “I really do. I think we have the opportunity the way that games are flowing and the opportunities we’re getting with the ball, we have even more opportunities.”
In two weeks, he’ll return to Gillette Stadium for the first time since leaving for Tampa Bay in free agency, facing Belichick and the Patriots — who forced four Zach Wilson interceptions in a 25-6 win over the Jets on Sunday.