A fascinating note in the New York Times: Tom Brady is 44 years old

Giants shocked at talent of Tom Brady – 42 years after he got tattooed on thigh What? Did you know the New York Giants yesterday found out that Tom Brady is 44 years old?…

A fascinating note in the New York Times: Tom Brady is 44 years old

Giants shocked at talent of Tom Brady – 42 years after he got tattooed on thigh

What? Did you know the New York Giants yesterday found out that Tom Brady is 44 years old? Not. So here’s a post from Pat Leonard on a fascinating note in the New York Times explaining what is happening in the locker room:

Yes, the four-time Super Bowl champion – who also used to be known as the hard partier who went to jail – scored a touchdown in the first game of the Patriots season opener against the Houston Texans, but whether Patriots fans remember that score or not, there is a permanent reminder of New England’s age: The amount of ink jammed into Brady’s body after a 2001 incident at a bar in Boston.

So Brady will try to break Joe Montana’s modern-era NFL record of Super Bowl appearances (6) in Super Bowl 52 at Atlanta on Sunday. New England has been back in the game’s biggest game five times in the past 13 years.

Pat Brady with Baltimore’s Ray Lewis and Mike Caldwell in 2001. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Brady’s current Patriots are more than capable of going deeper, however, as Allen Barra explains in this week’s USA Today:

The Patriots have the NFL’s most prolific offense, with the best offensive line, receiving corps and running back combinations. What they lack is a quality defense. They have a myriad of holes in their front seven, especially when it comes to key players in pass coverage.

So Tom Brady may be 44 years old, but the Patriots insist that’s not stopping them.

Well, no.

Read Leonard’s full story:

A couple of weeks ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked at a news conference if he knew the true age of his star quarterback. “Yeah, 41,” he said.

Daryle Lamonica played 16 seasons, 494 games, 29 seasons, 194 games, 37 seasons, 27 seasons and 239 games in the NFL. Pat Leonard (@PatLeonardNYT) May 22, 2018 Just for the record: Tom Brady is 42. 3 NFL QBs have spent more than 22 years in the league: Dan Marino (25); Dan Fouts (24); and Joe Montana (23).

Asked in May about Brady’s age, Belichick said, “I don’t really focus on that. I focus on trying to get him better every day in the preparation and all the things that go into that.”

Former Patriots receiver Deion Branch’s response when the question was posed, “Does it bug you as a player when the media tries to age you down?”

“All of a sudden, they want you to be 35 instead of 40.”

Perhaps we’ll find out soon if the media will be able to say the same thing about Brady after Sunday.

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Here’s another great Jets’ preview by John Mitchell:

Tom Brady, who celebrates his 44th birthday on Friday, and the Patriots have never missed the playoffs for the four-time NFL champion and the fourth-oldest quarterback to ever take the field. New England is focused on adding a receiver – something that might be easier said than done after the Patriots agreed to terms with receiver Danny Amendola, who has only played for New England for one season.

He adds:

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