Jimmie Johnson Sheds Light on the Common Factor Behind His & Tom Brady’s Success

Published 11/11/2021, 5:50 AM EST
Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown (not pictured) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


How does someone like Jimmie Johnson, at 46 years of age, still compete at the highest level? The NASCAR legend recently revealed the key to the success of athletes like him and Tom Brady, who are still performing on the biggest stage despite climbing up the ladder of age.

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The Chip Ganassi Racing driver feels that it’s the circle of people that surround an athlete, and particularly their family, that keeps them going. Johnson described how it’s his wife Chandra Janway and her understanding of him, which is one of the biggest factors of his success.

“It has so much to do with the people who surround you,” Johnson said.

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“Channie’s support and understanding of what makes me, me and chasing my dream, none of this would’ve happened at the level that it has or continue to take place if it wasn’t for her support.”

But in Jimmie Johnson’s opinion, the only other “older athlete” who is still defying his age and putting in season after season of excellent numbers is the Quarter Back of Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Currently it’s Tom Brady.”

Even though he doesn’t know him personally, Johnson claims Tom Brady appears to have that support from home and family that is a common factor in both of their continuous success.

Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Age is just a number for Jimmie Johnson and Tom Brady

Both Tom Brady and Jimmie Johnson have won seven titles each in their respective sports. But more impressively, it’s the age at which they won it.

Brady was 43 when he won his seventh Super Bowl while Johnson was 42 when he won his record-equaling seventh Cup Series title.

However, the former Hendrick driver still feels he isn’t a good enough example for his age.

“I wish I was little bit better of an example of winning championships right now today.”

Nevertheless, both Tom Brady and Jimmie Johnson are still kicking it in NFL and IndyCar and the way things are going, neither is nearly done yet.

“I’m as excited today to go racing as I was when I was a teenager,” Johnson said.

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Every athlete has a peak point, past which the natural talent just doesn’t cut it anymore. Beyond that point, it’s the conditioning of mental and physical health which is key to any athlete’s longevity. Naturally, it’s only the greats who can adapt to their age and not let it affect their performances.

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One of them is Tom Brady. And one of them is Jimmie Johnson.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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