Forget that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke National Football League records as a 40-year-old superstar in the 2017-18 season, playing some of his best professional American football in his 18-year NFL career.
The five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady didn’t just govern the 40-year-old age bracket; his greatness has extended across the entire league. And on Saturday, February 3rd, Brady has became the oldest professional American football player to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors.
Tom Brady earned 40 votes in balloting by a national media panel of judges, comfortably winning over the Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley who got 8 votes and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with 2 votes.
The New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman accepted the award on Tom Brady’s behalf at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“There’s no quarterback I’d rather have on my team than Tom Brady,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl LII big game against the Philadelphia Eagles. “I’m glad I have him.”
Brady, who also named the NFL’s MVP in 2007 and 2010, will be trying to secure his sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday night. The last NFL MVP to take home the Super Bowl was Kurt Warner dating way back in 1999.
Voted first-team All-Pro for the 2017 NFL regular season, he was 385-of-581 for an NFL-high 4,577 yards, with 32 touchdowns alongside eight interceptions, while leading the New England to a 13-3 record streak.
Apart from being the oldest player to clinch the NFL MVP award, Tom Brady is the oldest quarterback to start in the Super Bowl and the oldest one to lead the league in passing yards.
Tom Brady’s momentous season at the age of 40 has been a hot topic that has followed him all season long, which the quarterback has embraced by highlighting his passion and devotion to his craft and producing the documentary “Tom vs. Time,” with the first four episodes released in the week leading up to the big game — the Super Bowl LII.
Tom Brady alongside with the 12 other quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to start an NFL game past age 40. The oldest player to attempt a pass in a contest was George Blanda at 48 year-old as a member of the Oakland Raiders in the final game of his NFL career in 1975.
Beyond the figures, Tom has mastered the situational football game, spreading the ball itself around, controlling the running game, attacking the right contest on the right game plan. Tom Brady also became the fourth New England Patriots player to play at 40 year-old. On Sunday, at 40 years and 185 days, he will become the oldest non-kicker to play in a Super Bowl game.