Tom Brady’s latest milestone is another untouchable
Tom Brady’s latest milestone is another untouchable.
Brady became the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes, then added two more in Tampa Bay’s 38-3 rout against Chicago on Sunday.
Seven Super Bowl rings, 602 touchdown passes, 81,479 passing yards.
And he’s still going strong at 44.
“Yeah, the numbers, they’re staggering and they’ll probably never be broken,” said Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians. âI say that, but who knows when the next Tom Brady is going to arrive. They’re amazing, but when you watch him train every day, you don’t see the age.
Brady is set to launch a career-high 51 touchdown passes this season as the defending champions (6-1) aim for a repeat. Even though he’s decided to quit now, 602 looks pretty safe.
Consider this: Aaron Rodgers is fifth on the all-time roster, ahead of Brady by 175 TD assists. Rodgers, who turns 38 on Dec. 2, is expected to average 35 touchdown passes per season for five more years after Brady retired to catch him. Ben Roethlisberger (403), Matt Ryan (359) and Matthew Stafford (301) round out the top five among active QBs. They don’t stand a chance.
Russell Wilson is next on the active roster with 277 touchdown passes. He is injured and will be 33 on November 29. Wilson averaged 30 touchdown passes in his first nine seasons. It wouldn’t cut him. He is expected to throw 36 per season for nine more years once Brady hangs up his cleats to surpass him.
Patrick Mahomes is way behind with 132 touchdown passes, but has been so prolific he could potentially defy the record if he stays healthy and continues to play for at least another decade. Mahomes, 26, has averaged 38 TD and is spending his first three seasons as a starter and is set to throw 44 this year despite his recent turnover struggles. Mahomes would need an average of 38 TDs for another 12 and a half years after Brady is done playing.
With passing numbers on the rise in the NFL and an extra game added in the regular season, it’s realistic to think that single-season records will be broken, whether it’s the 5,477 yard mark from Peyton Manning or his 55 touchdowns.
But surpassing Brady’s career numbers requires longevity and sustained excellence. Brady’s accomplishments are unparalleled in team sports. His teammates throughout his 22 years deserve a lot of credit. The Arians made sure to spread praise around.
“I seriously doubt there is another team like the one he’s been on for all these years and the one he’s been on now because he has a bunch of individual records in a team sport,” said Arians, referring to Brady winning six Super Bowls. titles with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. âI always talk about it, it’s not just Tom, there are 10 other guys with him and 11 in defense. That defense he had in New England and the defense he has here have helped him win a bunch of games – these guys up front are keeping him clean.
Brady doesn’t miss an opportunity to credit his teammates.
âThere is nothing in this sport that you do on your own,â Brady said. âIt’s the ultimate team sport. It challenges you physically, mentally, emotionally, every week, every day of practice. It’s not a sport that you can just go out there and send it in the mail. It takes 100% of what you have each day to come out and be successful. I’m just grateful to have amazing teammates, coaches. Being able to do this for as long as I have is truly an amazing blessing in my life. ”
Brady set another record on Sunday by simply showing up to face the Bears and 22-year-old rookie Justin Fields, making him the biggest age gap between starting quarterbacks.
Fields, the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft, has had a miserable day. He threw three interceptions and groped three times, losing two.
Meanwhile, Brady threw four touchdown passes on a day he wasn’t particularly sharp. He tied a career-high with six consecutive incomplete assists at one point just after joining Mike Evans for the No.600.
âThere’s a lot of room to improve what we’re doing, so we’re just going to keep trying to improve,â Brady said.
It’s that mindset of never being satisfied, even after a 35-point win, that separates Brady from everyone else.
He did it all and he hasn’t finished doing more.
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