Feb. 04, 2016
What's next for Brady?
In a league where each new season brings many changes, one person has remained virtually the same for the past 10 years. Tom Brady. Sustained excellence is the phrase that first comes to my mind when thinking of his performance on the field. Few players have ever played so well for so long, and here's the thing folks, come the start of next season, he'll be 39.
Brady has compiled a career that puts him in the conversation for the best player of all time. I'm willing to bet that if he was never entangled in the Spygate and Deflategate scandals he would be a near unanimous choice as the greatest of all time. There are no other questions Brady needs to answer in his career, besides this one. What's next?
The obvious answer is winning another Super Bowl. But at some point we have to see some drop off in his play, right? He's said that he can play until he's 50, and the show he put on this season actually gave that statement a shred of viability.
But still, it does sound pretty crazy. The oldest NFL players now are Peyton Manning and Matt Hasselbeck, both 39. Obviously we have seen the skills of both players regress considerably, but the same can't be said of Brady who is only a year their younger. If anything, he's gotten better as he's aged. This past season he threw only seven picks, his lowest total since 2010.
However, nobody can evade Father Time forever. I think that the decline of Brady will be similar to that of Kobe Bryant. Brady will go down swinging, similar to how Bryant has. He will give every ounce of his being into the game, until his body tells him to stop. Realistically, this may end up happening in the next two to three years, but don't tell Brady that.