New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of the greatest athletes this planet’s seen, but even he feels mortal at times.
Tom Brady will not cower away from a challenge like increasing age. Few quarterbacks have been capable of dominating, let alone starting, around the age of 40.
Brady, 39, intends to shatter that mold after coming off arguably his second-most productive season, logging a 112.2 quarterback rating. The last time Brady had a better QBR (117.2 in 2007), he won every regular season competition. Wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker were at his side then.
This offseason, the Patriots welcomed wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Andrew Hawkins to the roster. While not having an individual as transcendent as Moss, the Patriots’ pass catchers are undeniably dangerous. And Brady is sharp as a tack for the most part.
Here’s what ESPN’s Mike Reiss had to say about the signal-caller at minicamp:
If an onlooker closed his or her eyes and was told these practices were taking place in 2007, there wouldn’t have been any reason to question it based on Brady’s work. He looks the same as he has over the course of most of his career, which is a credit to his year-long dedication to his craft. His arm strength in particular is still there.
Although Brady’s numbers and current ability will live on in sports history, he’s barely complacent. Whenever he falters, be it one interception in practice, Brady refuses to let himself off easy. In fact, he’s harder on himself than most. Brady assessed himself in this manner after practice recently, per WEEI:
“I left practice today, this is my 18th…
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