Ageless Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady is Still Challenging Records at 43

Published 01/18/2021, 4:46 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured a major coup in the summer with the signing of the 6-time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady. The 43-year-old quarterback arrived in Florida after ending his 20-year association with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

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Brady signed a 2-year contract worth North of $50 million (excluding guarantees).

Despite being questioned on multiple occasions, Brady maintained that he joined the Bucs to challenge for another Super Bowl and not for one last big paycheck. After 20-odd weeks since the start of the 2020 NFL season, Brady is just a few steps away from achieving that goal.

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The Buccaneers defeated the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints on Sunday by a 20-30 scoreline to seal a spot in this year’s NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Brady has taken his game to a different level since the start of this year’s NFL Playoffs. The experienced shot-caller threw for 381 yards with 2 passing TDs in the narrow win over Washington Football Team in Wild Card Round.

He followed that up with another convincing display against the Saints yesterday. Tom went 18 of 33, throwing for 199 yards and 2 passing touchdowns against 0 interceptions.

He will now appear in his first NFC Championship game this weekend. And when he does, he will equal legendary NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas for this unique post-season record.

On Sunday (provided nothing dramatic takes place over the course of the next 6 days), Brady will become the second quarterback after Unitas to feature in a conference championship game at least once over a period of 3 decades.

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Unitas achieved that feat between 1950-1970 and Brady (2000, 2010, 2020) can do the same against the Packers this weekend.

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady ended the 2020 NFL regular season with 4,600+ yards and a mammoth 40 passing touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He remains focused on his goal of winning a Lombardi Trophy at least once more before he calls time on what has been an illustrious playing career. There’s more to come from this story, watch this space for further developments.

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