Ditto.Tom Brady is 43 years old. He has said he wants to play at 45. His birthday is August 3rd.
To do this he has to play 2 more years.
I take Tom Brady at his word. And I would never bet against him.
It is also the nature of sports though. Guys look after themselves and play later. Both Chara and Brady have benefitted from rule changes that left earlier athletes beaten up. As Bill James once wrote about Babe Ruth. Everything he did is was done by somebody else soon afterward, it i just it takes three or four players to do all the things he did.I'm not trying to equate the two but Boston sports fans have seen two age defying freaks in the same era. Zdeno Chara logging the ice time he did the last few years was insane. And with the plus/minus he put up last year, he was still performing at a reasonably high level (despite what Don Sweeney might have thought). Again, he's not Brady but it's remarkable that we had two father time marvels at the same time.
Athletes' salaries have exploded in the last 50 years - allowing them to build home gyms, hire personal chefs, work out year round, travel on private jets, and have most of their day to day needs taken care of. Hell, in the 60s many pro athletes had to work second jobs in the offseason just to make ends meet.It is also the nature of sports though. Guys look after themselves and play later. Both Chara and Brady have benefitted from rule changes that left earlier athletes beaten up. As Bill James once wrote about Babe Ruth. Everything he did is was done by somebody lese soon afterward, it i just it takes three or four players to do all the things he did.
Same except I am a bit more bullish on him playing beyond 2022. I'd say it's 50/50 in my mind. I think he is going to play beyond 2022 unless one of the following occurs (all of which are decently likely): 1. He suffers a significant injury or his play just falls off so much that he's a net negative to the team. 2. Tampa tells him after 2022 that they have no interest in resigning him. I don't think he would want to go through another team change in two years just to play another year or two somewhere else. But #2 is pretty unlikely unless #1 has happened anyway. 3. He wins the Super Bowl this year and then either wins it again next year as well, or at least goes far in the playoffs. In that scenario (when we are talking 7 or 8 rings) I can see him thinking that there is just no reason to keep playing as he has nothing more to prove.I think two more years is the most likely scenario, so done at 45 which is what he has always said. But I voted "other" because I think if he can still play at a high level after that he'll keep going.
It can be a bit trickier to raise teenagers - the problems can get bigger and more complex, and a second pair of hands can be useful. I’m not talking from a large sample size as I only have two daughters, but teenage daughters in my experience are not easy. And I was glad to be there, as much for the good times as for the difficult ones.Teenagers want parents around even less.
I wonder if Tommy's legacy will include such a reference in some TV show yet to be produced.The 1970s TV series Happy Days was set in 1950s Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the Season 3 episode "Football Frolics", first aired January 20, 1976, Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard) and Ralph Malph (Donny Most) are watching the December 9, 1956, Chicago Bears – Chicago Cardinals televised game. After Ed Brown's pass to Harlon Hill is intercepted by the Cardinals, Richie wants "the other quarterback" put in. Ralph says that the other quarterback is "washed up. He's old. He's 30. He's got no future." Richie argues back, "George Blanda has two or three good years left." The joke was that Blanda, 19 years after the date depicted in the show, was still playing.