At some point, Tom Brady will slow down — or at least retire. In his 20th season with the New England Patriots, though, he’ll prove doubters wrong again.
Tom Brady. TB12. The GOAT. Whatever you want to call him, they all fit the player. Brady has shown that, no matter what football personalities, coaches or even peers think of the New England Patriots quarterback, he has enough to get it done every single time.
People thought he was falling off a season ago, another on the wrong side of 40 years old. Instead, Brady went on to win his sixth Super Bowl. Detractors certainly try to say that Brady’s performance on the run to the Lombardi Trophy was subpar and evidence he did fall off. Without him, though, the Patriots aren’t topping the Rams in Atlanta.
As he heads into his age-42 season, Brady has a dramatically different crop of weapons in front of him but has worked all offseason not only be ready physically but to develop a rapport with his new weapons like rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry.
Having his favorite guys like Julian Edelman and James White able to come through in the toughest of situations still, it is hard to see Brady having too tough of a time adjusting to a new group. There simply is not another player who cares more, trains more or does more heading into a season than Brady, year in and year out.
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It appears doubters are forgetting that Brady is just two years removed from winning the MVP award in 2017. The supposed “ledge” fans believe Brady will fall off, as every quarterback has at some point, is yet to be seen. And it is not happening in 2019 as the Patriots are once again one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, coming off three straight appearances in the Big Game.
The GOAT is not just a nickname — it’s an insurmountable fact at this point for Brady. His final stats from the regular season in 2018 were considered somewhat of a down year for the Patriots signal-caller, yet they were among the best in football.
Most any NFL team would love to see their quarterback throw for 4,355 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (many of which were bad luck and not the fault of Brady). Somehow, though, that’s a subpar year because it’s Tom Brady.
Doubters are just giving Brady another chip on his shoulder at this point, keeping him out of the top-five favorites to win MVP in 2019. While he should not only be seen as a favorite in his 20th season, the three-time MVP and six-time Super Bowl Champion will yet again show he is ready to defy the odds and put together another phenomenal season.