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Doubting Tom Brady’s longevity never ages well

When the dust settles, the doubters always look foolish.

Los Angeles Chargers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

Tom Brady is 43 years old now, and in some ways his age is showing. His hair is a little more salt and pepper than it once was, there’s a few more wrinkles here and there, his legs aren’t as nimble. Entropy happens to us all.

Tom Brady is also a 43 year old who has one of the best diets a human can have and still plays the game of football at a high level. The now Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is the greatest QB of all time. With 6 Super Bowl rings and 9 appearances overall, that’s a topic that shouldn’t even be a discussion present day. Even when you’ve received all the accolades of yesteryear like Brady has, he still has to continuously prove himself once more.

Brady’s now in a new chapter of his career with a new team, new coach, and all that comes along with it. And each time he has a slight misstep, the critics always appear and say the end is near for Mr. Brady. For example, early in the game on Sunday vs. the Chargers Brady threw a pick 6. It was a bad throw, the corner broke on the pass, and the rest was history. Perennial clown Colin Cowherd proceeded to say “Tom Brady is keeping it 100. Years old.” Cowherd wasn’t the only one making fun of Brady and calling him an old man after the pick 6, but their comments stem from some kind of jealousy. What else could it possibly be? The Chargers have one of the best defenses in the league, and it wasn’t a surprise they got some licks in and put Brady in a stretch where he threw 6 incompletions in a row.

Just like most times in his career when he struggled, Brady battled back. He turned things around during the game. The Bucs faced a 17-point deficit, but being behind by that score isn’t something that is going to make Brady put his head down. Instead, Brady ended up having one hell of a second half. Brady completed 15 of 17 passes in the second half for 263 yards, 3 touchdowns with a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Tampa won 38-35. Brady threw 5 touchdowns to 5 different receivers, the first time he’s done that in a game in his career.

Brady’s passes still have a lot of zip on them, he can still deliver an accurate deep ball. His mental prowess is unparalleled. He’s Tom effin Brady. Not much has changed. He’s still someone you don’t want to go toe-to-toe with in Week 4, and definitely not in the playoffs.

It’s quite hilarious to see some of the narratives play out when Brady makes any error. Those reactions tend not to age well. We’ve seen this for the better part of a decade now, and Brady keeps proving doubters wrong. Beyond Brady’s love for the game, the fact he still has to prove himself is reason enough for him to keep playing.

In a relatively weak looking NFC, Brady and the Buccaneers have a realistic shot at making the Super Bowl. With that in mind, now would be a good time to stop doubting Tom Brady and his longevity. Instead, appreciate greatness and look into what the hell he’s doing to stay so physically fit and healthy. The TB12 method seems to be working.