New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has more Super Bowl rings than any other quarterback in NFL history. What he’s doing near the end of his career is astounding. Time and time again, great NFL quarterbacks fade away or, sometimes, statistically fall right off a cliff. Brady just keeps trucking along and keeping the Patriots in the title talk every year.
The question everyone is asking, then, is when Brady’s career will end. How long can he keep this up? Recently, coach Bill Belichick weighed in on how he’ll know that Brady is done. It has nothing to do with age.
“This is a production business,” Belichick said, per Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, when asked about Brady’s high level of play at 40 years old. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 22, 32, 42. If you’re not productive, you’re probably not long for this league.”
So far, Brady has thrown for 3,632 yards, 26 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. That ranks him first in the NFL in yards and second to only Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in touchdowns. Wentz has 29. Brady has also thrown fewer interceptions than all true starters except for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers – but Rodgers, with 3, has been out since Oct 15 with a broken right collarbone.
It’s clear that Brady isn’t just productive. He’s the best quarterback in the NFL. He has the Patriots in position to fight for yet another Super Bowl title. If Belichick is waiting for his production to fade to move on to a younger option, that day may not even be close.