‘Keep Going’: NFL Legend Tom Brady Wishes LeBron James for His Birthday

Published 12/31/2020, 2:29 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) poses with 2020 NBA Champion ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James just celebrated his 36th birthday, and the world joined in to wish him a good one. ‘The King’ turns 36 and is still one of the best players in the NBA, a challenging feat at his age. In year 18, James still shows no signs of slowing down and has already cemented his status as one of the GOATs of the game. And as it turns out, GOATs recognize each other.

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Tom Brady wishes LeBron James

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took to Twitter to wish LeBron James a happy birthday. He wrote, “Happy Birthday @KingJames, 18 years strong here’s to many more…keep going!” Brady, much like LeBron James, will know how it feels to be dominant at an older age in your career.

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Tom Brady, much like LeBron, is considered to be one of the GOATs of football. His longevity and range even at his age is astounding, and sparks comparison with LeBron James. The two have been synonymous with their respective sports for a long time, and their legacies have transcended their sport sports. It was great seeing two of the greatest recognize each other for what they’ve done.

LeBron and Brady: Real recognizes real

LeBron James rang in his 36th birthday with a win over the San Antonio Spurs. The win marks the end of a fantastic 2020 for LeBron, who won his fourth NBA Championship this year, and his first with the Los Angeles Lakers. James was fantastic throughout the NBA playoffs this year, stepping up from his regular-season performances.

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During the NBA Finals, James was the leading force for the Lakers as they beat his former team Miami Heat in six games. James became the first player to win a Finals MVP with three different franchises, adding to his already-stacked legacy. For James, the Lakers’ championship was a vindication of everything he is.

Dec 28, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) and forward Derrick Jones Jr. (55) react in the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 115-107. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For the longest time, the biggest question mark over LeBron’s legacy was whether he could win an NBA championship out of the tougher Western Conference. Prior to joining the Lakers in 2018, LeBron had only played in the Eastern Conference, and many believed that he could not win a championship in the West. But James silenced those critics with his 2020 championship ring.

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But LeBron James will not be satisfied with four rings. He has started the new season with the Lakers on a hunt for another championship and will do everything in his power to get them that ring. It remains to be seen how LeBron will do in year 18 of his NBA career. The Lakers are presently the favorites to win the NBA championship again.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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