Most players enter the NFL at the age of 23, and most are out of the league before they turn 27. Tom Brady is 39 years old and playing some of the best football of his entire career.
In 2007, Brady broke the NFL record for touchdown passes, throwing 50 touchdowns throughout the season. While he missed 4 games this season due to suspension, he’s currently throwing at a rate that would put him on pace for 48 TD passes in a season. To play at 39 is impressive; to be competing with your best ever season at that age is unprecedented.
How does he do it? In an interview with ESPN, he explained:
Brady: You know how I’m doing it; you’ve talked a lot about my training over the years [smiling].
When I sat back and watched those four weeks, you could see how great our coaches are, and how hard our team works. I just wanted to do the best I can to stay in shape, do what I’ve always done, and try to replicate all the things I do at practice. Then when I came back, it’s just kind of getting back into the routine. I’m just happy that our team is at the place we’re at. It doesn’t mean anything because we’re only eight games in. We have a long way to go. I look forward to the second half of the season; we’re going to have a tough test coming right off the bat against Seattle on Sunday night, but that will be a good test to see where we’re at. We know how good of a team they are.
His training is well documented by tons of reporters over the years. He credits his trainer, Alex Guerrero, for keeping him in peak shape with strict and tough workouts. But plenty of players train hard and rigorously, and few of them perform at an elite level for as long as Brady has. Brady’s “student of the game” mentality and strict work outs have helped him endure, but he’s quite simply just cut from a different cloth than most.