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How many more years of Brady at the top of his game?

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  1. Disco Volante

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    If you're currently just trying to enjoy his amazing season at hand and wish not to even think so far into the future then feel free to leave now, don't blame you.

    But for those willing to discuss, how many more years do you think...

    A) Brady will be in the league. (Assumingly with the Patriots, him in another uniform later in his career would crush me)
    B) Brady will be at the top of his game.

    I remember he was quoted as saying he wants to play as long as he can back in the pre-season, and even compared how long he wanted to play to Vinny T’s career, which would be amazing. Jeff Garcia and Brett Favre, are both having some of their best seasons yet at the ages of 37 and 38 respectively.

    Assuming BB is with us until at least 2013 here's what age Brady will be at the start of each upcoming season with the hoodie...

    2008- 31
    2009- 32
    2010- 33
    2011- 34
    2012- 35
    2013- 36


    Looking at the larger picture, what do you see? A BB esque "I see the Bills Sunday night" not needed, as already stated this is a topic just for some future thinking.
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  2. BelichickFan

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    #24 Jersey

    If they can keep protecting him like they have this year, beyond 36 is very possible. He's in great shape and works hard. 2015 sounds good to me.
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    You seen what Favre is doing this year?
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    I think QB's like Brady don't really fall off the face of the Earth like some guys like a Vince Young or a Mike Vick, where their athletic ability is the reason why they succeed. If Brady can keep a strong arm until he is 40, he could play at this level until then. I don't really see how he'd start to slow down at all. He isn't athleticly gifted.
  5. Disco Volante

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    Compiled a list of QB's who've won a Super Bowl at 31 years of age or older to look at...

    31
    Terry Bradshaw
    Ken Stabler

    32
    Joe Montana
    Phil Simms
    Doug Williams

    33
    Bart Starr
    Joe Montana
    Steve Young
    Jim Plunkett
    Joe Theismann

    34
    Brad Johnson
    Bart Starr
    Len Dawson

    35
    Roger Staubach

    36
    Jim Plunkett

    37
    John Elway
    Johnny Unitas

    38
    John Elway
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  6. 5 Rings for Brady!!

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    His arm seems to be getting even better with the experience and his work ethic.

    Brady may not peak soon when you consider that he was sort of a late bloomer. He didn't thrown the ball down the field as much in his first three or four years in the league due to the lack of WRs. That is a whole new direction his game has taken since working with McDaniels.
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    I just hope he doesn't hold us hostage like Favre is holding Greenbay hostage. Owners should start adding an INT clause to contracts. Once you start throwing ridiiculous amounts of INT's you automatically have to retire. Like what Greenabay should have done to Favre, then he would have no choice but to retire.
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    I'd hardly say he's doing so this year.
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    I understand what you are saying about SIR BRETT FAVRE. But truthfully the organization is keeping him around and refusing to let go. They have been pretty much begging him back each year.

    No chance BB will do that, and I think he and Brady just might ride out together into the sunset when the time comes.
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    Zip your fly, Frankie! Your brains are showing. Favre is having a Tom Brady year with the caliber of talent Brady had prior to this year. And you think he should have been forced into retirement?

    Do they have random drug testing where you work? If they do you're in trouble.
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    I agree with you there, but prior to the season starting it really seemed like it.
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    Wow, Plunkett was 36 when he won with the Raiders?

    Makes me feel real good about #12 sticking around for a long time.
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    The way he's playing now, I'd have to agree (and hope) that he'll be around for many more years.
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    Put it this way. Not even Favre himself thought he could have a year like the one he's having. Yes, forced into retirement. When you are throwing the ball to everyone in a uniform besides the one you're wearing, yes forced. Are you sure you're not some Favrefugepacker? I think you might be, being all excited about the fluke season he's having, and then to compare him to Brady. You are a total Moron, who is obviously an idiot who doesn't know a thing about football.
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    Your a disrespectful little ****. How the **** could you say that? to not have respect for favre playing at the high level he has for so long makes you look like a complete moron. Favre is one of the all-time greats, he has an awesome legacy he plays to win, he doesn't really care about his personal stats either all he cares about is winning. You should really think about how much of an ass you make yourself sound like when you say **** like that.
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    Are we talking about a career here. I don't think we were. Maybe you should go back to 1st grade where they teach you comprehension. If your going to go on some little immature rant, you should at least go on about what I was talking about. Your to much of a favrefudgepacker. I really think you had to many foriegn objects reemed in your azz. Maybe if you tried vasiline you wouldn't be so grumpy. If you asked me if I thought Favre is one of the best QB's ever I would of said yes. This is whether it's time to retire or not, and it is. After he is done with his second half of the season collapse. Oh yeah, if we were talking about this last season you would be saying the same shyt, so get your thing out of Favre's azz, and off his fluke season bandwagon..........LOSER!!!!!!!!! By the way, won't you take your soory azz back to the Steelers board with your sad azz team, and your highly overratted QB, and your little flag Hines Ward and go get your pedicures done together.
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    I only pray Brady is around long enough for one of my as of yet unborn children to get to see him play. I don't want to sound like my Dad talking about Otto Graham and my kids having no clue WTF I am talking about.

    I can see the Pats winning another SB or 2 and then going into a period from like 2010-2015 where they don't win anything. And then Old Man Brady leads them to 1 last championship in 2016 with a young whippersnapper 1st rounder nipping at his heels. Kinda like Montana at 37 except on the same team.
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    Why is it time for him to retire? He is putting up career numbers with a team that is definitley not the best team that he has been on, and I am pretty sure that if he can still play at the top of his game and still have passion for it then he should play as long as he wants. So go ahead and call me a favrefudgepacker, thats the most retarded thing I have ever heard. Give a real reason for favre to retire other than "hes too old" hes still got the skills, Steve Mcnair is another story, hes obviously broken down and over the hill.
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    I think the answer to A and the andser to B are the same. As long as Brady is at the top of his game, he will be in the league.
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    He'll be playing successfully until he's 50. :)
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    I think we have to put the "main sequence" of "Tom as we know him" extending between 5 and 8 more years (total of 35 to 38 years old). So somewhere around 2012, it becomes a likely worry, and around 2015 it becomes almost certain that the era will have ended or will be ending.

    At that point, all else being sunshine and sparkles, we come to the "49ers Test": Do we establish a multiple-QB, multiple-era dominance?

    #12 IS New England football right now, and it's a rare treat to watch such a talent in action... but the question is, will we come back with at least someone of Rothlisburger's abilities, to fill the gap? That is, a downgrade, but a competent game manager with upside to get to "consistently good"? Even those guys are hard to find, and for every middling talent like Big Ben, there's a bust like Akili Smith or Tim Couch stinking up the league.

    Eh well. Something to worry about around 2012-2015 or so.

    PFnV
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    Long Live The King!


    Eye-opening post !

    I hope both TB and BB keep their fire ... don't get bored with it all.
    And i think they will.
    After all, how many kings stepped down just because
    life at the top got boring?
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    Brady will retire at 42, after winning 8 superbowls, 5 superbowl MVPs, and 3 season MVPs, forever cementing his legacy as the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

    Hey, I can dream right?
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    The Average number of regular season games played by the 17 SB-era HOF QB's is 190.2 (Median is 192).

    The seven with the fewest games played were ("seven" because Staubach and Aikman began their NFL careers after their required Active Duty in the military):
    Staubach 131
    Namath 140
    Kelly 160
    Bob Griese 161
    Aikman 165
    Bradshaw 168
    Young 169

    The six with the most games played were:
    Tarkenton 246
    Marino 242
    Elway 234
    Jurgensen 218
    Dawson and Unitas 211

    Of those players, i think that most people would agree that only Jurgensen and Namath hung around longer than they should have. There may be some debate over a couple of others.

    As of today, Brady has started 105 regular season games. Barring injury or a change in the kind of protection he's receiving, these numbers say that he's got at least four and maybe five more seasons after 2007 at the top of his game, consistent with the findings of the "SuperBowl Wins by Age" data presented by another poster. He probably has a further two or three seasons after that when he'd still be better than most QB's, but not "Tom Brady in his prime."

    The question we can't answer is what does he want to do with his life? Football was "it" for Favre and Elway and Marino. I get the impression that Tom Brady has broader, if undefined, horizons; Acting? Politics? NFL Ownerhsip? If he picks up another ring and SB MVP, I could see him saying that no one in NFL history has accomplished more and hanging it up. If he gets one for the thumb, I could easily see him retiring and moving on after the game.
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    That's no dream!
    The only thing I would change is the age. I would say he retires with that resume at 39!!!!
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    Someone who does not know how to spell "fudge" should not be calling anyone else a "moron". Furthermore, I did not compare Favre to Brady. I said that Favre was having a Bradyesque season. How you decided that I was excited (not to mention gay) because Favre was having a "fluke season" is beyond me. To respect the achievements of another team's QB (with the exception of Peyton (isn't that a girl's name) Manning) is simply good sportsmanship.

    I would like nothing better than to have Favre lose his final game in Glendale in February to the QB who will eventually surpass all his records (bar the most interceptions).

    Furthermore, I will not comment on your knowledge about football because I have far too little information upon which to evaluate your knowledge base.
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