Could Patriots fans have predicted that Tom Brady would turn back the clock in 2020 and prove that he’s still an elite quarterback at 43 years old? Yes, very much so. Why else do you think they were so up in arms when he announced his departure last offseason?
They were furious with the franchise for not equipping him with better weapons. As a result, Brady bolted for the Buccaneers, who boast a formidable offensive line and arguably the best skill position talent — including wide receivers, running backs and tight ends — in the league.
In all honesty, most quarterbacks would post solid numbers with that much starpower, but stepping in during a truncated offseason and leading them to the Super Bowl as a wild card team? Only Brady could do that, and there’s legitimate reason to believe that he can play another two or three seasons.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Brady essentially predicted his longevity in the NFL in an email exchange with Peyton Manning back in 2014. In doing so, he also accurately forecasted that Manning would be out of the league in two years’ time.
Among his many other skills, Tom Brady can also apparently tell the future.
There’s honestly no way to know if Brady was actually trying to predict the future in this email. It could’ve just been a circumstance of an ego-driven athlete cracking wise about how he plans to play forever, while his longtime rival will retire long before his own career ends.
However, looking back to that moment and where Brady is today, there’s reason to believe he was dead serious about that message. As we know, Manning went out a champion after his Broncos defeated the Panthers in the Super Bowl, though he was more of a passenger than the pilot on that defensive-oriented team.
Brady, meanwhile, was just getting started in terms of putting together another remarkable stretch of Super Bowl runs. For context, he won it all in 2017, lost it a year later in heartbreaking fashion to the Eagles, albeit while setting the Super Bowl record for passing yards. He followed up that defeat by winning his sixth title the next season in 2019.
Those who find joy in belittling Brady’s achievements are simply the worst kind of people and we have one simple message for them: appreciate his greatness while he’s still making winning championships look ordinary, because what he’s doing at his age may never be replicated again and he’s not going to be around forever.