There are so many superlatives one can use for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
He’s won seven Super Bowls, setting just about all NFL passing records, including the most recent yards passing over 80,000 yards and counting.
But Brady, who is 44 years old and in his 22nd season, did something last Sunday that he had never done before in his NFL career: he threw more than 400 yards and five touchdowns in the Tampa Bay’s 45-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins. .
That’s what the Eagles will face Thursday night.
Brady’s career spans most of the life of 23-year-old Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts was not even 2 years old when Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.
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But Hurts wasn’t interested in remembering watching Brady play throughout his childhood.
“He’s obviously been in the league for a very long time, has done a lot of good things,” said Hurts. “So obviously a lot of respect for him.”
It’s no secret why Brady continued to shine into middle age. In fact, he threw for almost as many yards and touchdowns in his 40s (19,389 yards, 140 touchdowns) as he did in his 20s (21,564, 147).
“Nothing surprises me with Tom,” said Bucs coach Bruce Arians, who said Brady would play despite a thumb injury. “Every day he comes to train, it’s like he’s 12… Sometimes I think it’s Jack, his son, who trains. He’s having so much fun. What he does. at his age is amazing. Age is not a thing with him. “
Adding defensive tackle Fletcher Cox: “It’s always a challenge to play against him. He’s really good at checking down. He’s really good at sending the ball to whoever’s open.”
The Bucs, of course, have multiple receivers that can open, led by Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and Chris Godwin.
“I think in many ways I’m amazed because this is truly unprecedented,” Godwin told the News Journal. “There hasn’t been anyone in the quarterback who has done what he’s been doing for as long as he’s been doing it. It’s amazing in itself.
“But for me, when I see how hard he works day in and day out, when I see his attention to detail and how much he cares about the game, how much he cares about his teammates, then he doesn’t It’s no surprise why he’s been as successful as he has been. “
Brady is likable as well, which Godwin found out in the spring of 2020 when Brady signed with the Buccaneers. Godwin wrote in a guest column for Football Morning In America over the summer that Brady, who visited Michigan, sent him a direct message shortly after signing.
Brady joked that Godwin was heading to Penn State, his Big Ten rival. He also congratulated Godwin on his engagement (he got married last spring).
“He’s a really great guy,” said Godwin. “For someone as accomplished as he is, he’s very down to earth. He’s just one of the guys… He’s been in the league for 22 years, and he can relate to guy half his age, and I think that’s very special. “