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Tom Brady after 40: Comparing the GOAT’s ageless achievements to other great athletes

Tom Brady has achieved extra within the NFL since turning 40 than some quarterbacks do in their total profession.  

Actually, you possibly can make the argument that the ageless quarterback marvel has finished greater than any athlete throughout the foremost sports activities within the United Sports activities since turning 40.  

Brady, 43, has performed 4 seasons within the NFL since turning 40 with the Patriots and Buccaneers. He is handed for 17,622 yards, 125 TDs and 39 interceptions in these 4 seasons. He averages 350.4 passing yards with 17 TDs and 7 interceptions in playoff video games since turning 40.  

Now, Brady leads Tampa Bay right into a matchup towards Kansas Metropolis in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday. It is Brady’s third Tremendous Bowl look since turning 40 — and there are not any hints that retirement will follow the game. It’s extra spectacular than some other NFL quarterback after 40, and Brady might make a run on the George Blanda, who was the oldest participant in league historical past at 48.  

Severely, how lengthy can Brady do it? Would successful a Tremendous Bowl at 43 years previous be the best over-40 accomplishment throughout these main sports activities? SN appears at another iconic athletes after 40 to seek out out:  

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Vince Carter 

Carter, who was recognized for high-flying dunks early in his profession, performed 4 full seasons after turning 40. Carter averaged between 15 and 25 minutes per season in that stretch between stops with Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta. He retired at 43 years previous after the 2020 season.  

George Foreman  

Which knockout was extra spectacular? Foreman received his first heavyweight title in 1973 when he knocked out Joe Frazier. Foreman received his second heavyweight title 22 years later when he defeated Michael Moorer on Nov. 5, 1994. Foreman was 45 years previous on the time, and he continued within the ring till he was 48 years previous. 

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  

Jabbar performed two full seasons after turning 40 in 1987. He scored 14.6 factors with six rebounds per recreation for the Los Angeles Lakers championship run in 1987-88, and he averaged 10.1 factors per recreation in his remaining season in 1988-89. Jabbar retired because the NBA’s all-time main scorer. 

Gordie Howe   

He maintained exceptional consistency in his 40s. Howe had his final 100-point season with Detroit at 40 yr previous in 1968-69. He scored greater than 100 factors twice within the World Hockey Affiliation from 1972-77 earlier than returning to the NHL. Howe performed his final hockey recreation with the Hartford Whalers in 1980 when he was 52 years previous. 

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Jaromir Jagr 

Jagr’s profession started in 1990 with Pittsburgh, the place he performed two Stanley Cup championship groups early in his profession. After turning 40, Jagr bounced round 5 completely different NHL franchises. He loved 60-point seasons with New Jersey in 2013-14 and Florida in 2015-16. Jagr, is at present enjoying with HC Kladno in Czechoslovakia.  

Randy Johnson 

The Massive Unit pitched six full seasons after turning 40, and he led the league with 290 strikeouts as a 40 yr previous pitcher with Arizona in 2004. Johnson managed 173 strikeouts as a 44 yr previous pitcher in 2008. He retired after a stint with San Francisco within the 2009 season. 

Jack Nicklaus  

Nicklaus is not the oldest golfer to win a Main, however he had the most-memorable run on the 1986 Masters. Nicklaus has received the U.S. Open and PGA Championship at 40 years previous in 1980, however he received his 18th Main at 46 years previous. Nicklaus received the match at –9, which included a 30 on the again 9. The enduring picture of the “Golden Bear” together with his putter within the air nonetheless resonates.  

Martina Navratilova  

Navratilova received 18 Grand Slam singles title in her profession, however it was just a few late-career accomplishments that also stand right now. In 2003, Navratilova was a part of the champion combined doubles groups on the Australian Open and Wimbledon at 48 years previous. She broke that report in 2006 on the U.S. Open with Bob Bryan just a few months earlier than turning 50 years previous. 

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Nolan Ryan  

Ryan pitched seven seasons within the main leagues after turning 40, and he led the league in strikeouts 4 occasions from 1980-83 in that stretch. Ryan pitched 1,271.2 innings with 1,437 strikeouts after turning 40. That strikeout complete would rank twenty sixth among the many energetic profession leaders right now. Ryan additionally threw two no-hitters after turning 40, the second at 44 years previous. 

Robert Parish  

Jabbar’s rival turned the oldest NBA participant to win a championship ring as a 43 yr previous with the Chicago Bulls in 1996-97. Parish performed in 43 video games that season and averaged 3.7 factors per recreation.

Satchel Paige  

Paige’s enjoying profession began in 1926, however he did not make his Main League debut till he was 41 years previous in 1948. Paige compiled a 3.28 ERA with 288 strikeouts over these 5 seasons. He returned for one aid look with Kansas Metropolis at 59 years previous in 1965. Paige pitched scoreless innings. 

Dara Torres  

Torres made the U.S. Olympic swim group 5 occasions, and he or she received 12 medals throughout that prolific profession. Torres made historical past within the 2008 Summer time Olympics in Beijing when she made the group at 41 years previous. Torres received the silver medal within the 50-meter freestyle and was a part of silver-medal groups within the 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays. 

Tiger Woods  

Woods turned the second oldest participant to win The Masters in 2019. The 43-year-old rallied on the again 9 to shoot a –13, and it was his first Main victory since 2008. The victory at Augusta was an unbelievable comeback story. Woods, 45, has received 15 majors in his profession. 

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