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Tom Brady 'isn't ruling out' playing at 50 years old

Alex Reimer
July 24, 2017 - 1:55 pm

Tom Brady keeps extending the timeline of his playing career.

In a recent Sports Illustrated feature story, reporter Greg Bishop writes that Brady plans to play football until he’s 45 years old and “isn’t ruling out” playing at 50. Previously, when asked about how long he wants to suit up, Brady has only explicitly talked about staying active until his mid-40s. 

“I’ve always said my mid-40s,” Brady told ESPN earlier this year. "And naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don't see why I wouldn't want to continue."

The SI article focuses on several athletes, including Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who are using Brady as motivation to play past 40. Bishop recounts Brady’s recent promotional visit to Asia, where he participated in two-hour practices and mostly kept to his own prepackaged food. 

According to Alex Guerrero, Brady’s supercilious health guru, TB12 doesn’t want to just keep walking onto the field in his 40s. He wants to dominate. 

“We always talk about the difference between just playing and performing,” Guerrero said, via SI. “I mean, look at Peyton Manning. He won a Super Bowl at age 39. But that wasn’t sustaining peak performance.”

On top of his cutting edge pliability workouts and stringent diet, Brady also plays brain games on his computer to improve his cognitive functionality. It speaks to his focus on injury prevention, rather than just rehabilitation. 

Though Brady has never been listed with a concussion during his career, his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said this spring he suffered from one last year. When asked about the topic earlier this month, Brady demurred

Regardless of the concussion truth, it’s apparent that Brady is only further intertwining his lifestyle brand with his career longevity. The longer he plays –– I’m sorry, “sustains peak performance” –– the more supernatural he appears. 

With that in mind, maybe his aspirations will one day move past 50 –– and we’ll all look silly for doubting him.