We're not appreciating Tom Brady enough, his Buccaneers face Giants on Yahoo Sports app
Tom Brady named NFC Offensive Player of the Month. It's his eleventh winner of the month, and it's expanding its own NFL record.
Maybe that's why we're not making as much of Brady's season as we should. We've gotten so used to him playing at this level that what he's doing this year is floating on us, even if he's wearing a new Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. Brady's size at this point is just an expectation.
What Brady is doing this season is unprecedented and incredible. While his Buccaneers compete against the New York Giants, whose quarterback Daniel Jones was 2 when Brady was drafted, in a Monday night game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app, Brady will try to penetrate further into the US MVP conversation.
We've never seen anything like what Brady does, and it probably won't get the proper respect.
Tom Brady is having a remarkable first season in Tampa Bay. (Photo by Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Tom Brady is amazing in MVP racing
For years 38 was the normal age of retired quarterbacks. Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Kurt Warner, Fran Tarkenton and Sammy Baugh are among the Hall of Fame quarterbacks who retired after their 38-year season.
Five years later, 43-year-old Brady is one of the best players in the NFL. For the first time in his NFL career after changing teams. During the strangest off-season ever.
Brady had a significant reversal of many statistical declines. His yards per game, degree of completion, touchdown rate, yards per try and passerby rating all had tremendous peaks last season.
Brady has 18 touchdown passes. In the first 100 seasons of NFL football, quarterbacks who were 43 years of age or older had 22 touchdowns. Combined.
Brady was 40 years old when Brady won an MVP award at the end of the 2017 season. He became the oldest MVP in one of America's four major professional sports. If he wins it again at 43 (or 44 or 45) it may be a record that will never be questioned.
Brady is by far the best QB of his age
Brady still has a long way to go to catch Russell Wilson in the MVP race. It is noteworthy that Brady is easy to talk to.
Prior to this season, there was no positive history of a quarterback 43 or older in NFL history. Here is the full list of quarterbacks who were 43 or older in the NFL prior to 2020 (via Stathead):
Vinny Testaverde: 96 for 175, 981 yards, 6 TD, 6 TD
George Blanda: 68 for 135, 955 yards, 12 TD, 12 INT
Steve DeBerg: 30 of 59, 369 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Warren Moon: 16 of 37, 228 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Doug Flutie: 5 out of 10, 29 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
There was a fun novelty in quarterbacks that were still old, but none of them were good. And at the same age, Brady has just won NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
All quarterbacks 43 or older, combined (before Brady): 215 for 416 (51.7%), 2,562 yards, 22 TD, 22 INT, 66.4 passerby rating
Brady at age 43: 176 for 268 (65.7%), 1,910 yards, 18 TD, 4 INT, 102.7 passerby rating
It's not just quarterbacks. No non-kicker over the age of 41 has ever made a Pro Bowl. Only one player, including kicker, made multiple Pro Bowls in their forties ... that's Tom Brady with two.
Brady might throw a few more pick sixes than ever before, and he might forget what it is at times. But let's be clear: if Brady wins or even gets close to an MVP, it will be one of the most incredible accomplishments in all sports. Nobody his age, in any position in a team sport, has had this success.
Put aside your hatred of the patriots. Don't overlook what Brady does just because he's been so good for so long. Just enjoy the show. We may never see anything like this again.
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