Tom Brady turns 45: Here are 45 reasons to celebrate the GOAT as he prepares for his 23rd NFL season
Wed, Aug 3, 2022
NFL News (AP)
Tom Brady turns 45 today and somehow the quarterback is still playing at an elite level in the NFL. As he enters his 23rd season in the league, Brady is once again chasing a championship and breaking records.
At this point, TB12 may own the record for most records with the numbers he has put up throughout his two-decade career.
In honor of the GOAT's birthday, it is only fitting that we look at 45 reasons to celebrate the seven-time champion. Throughout his career, Brady has had triumphant, funny and viral moments, so there is a lot to choose from.
Here are some reasons we are celebrating No. 12:
1. He is a seven-time Super Bowl champion, winning more championships than any franchise. Not too shabby.'
"He worked hard last year, really gained the trust of a lot of people, and he's got to go earn it."- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 1, 2022
???: @TomBrady on @rhainsey72 pic.twitter.com/6aRMQSwhhL
2. He knows how to , claiming that it was avocado tequila that caused his sea legs. Here is proof:
I guess his sea legs aren't what they used to be... pic.twitter.com/44K42bWPMe- Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) February 10, 2021
3. from one boat to another. This was a very risky move.
GUYS @TomBrady JUST THREW THE LOMBARDI TROPHY ACROSS THE WSTER!!! pic.twitter.com/vTKo9bwF5J- Whitney Holtzman (@WHoltzman) February 10, 2021
4. , earning them from Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI and LV, to hold the NFL record.
5. . For someone who has a very strict diet, you would not expect him to have
The GOAT spotting his center two sips and still winning. pic.twitter.com/sWrVsDmrsh- Patriots 7th Ring ???? (@Patriots7thRing) June 7, 2019
#TomBrady helps @StephenAtHome ease some of the tension in his arm with a massage. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/3b3Uxku4eN- The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 13, 2018
6. He is without a doubt a future first-ballot Hall of Famer ... that is if he ever actually retires.
7. He's hilarious on social media and whether it is trolling other players, making hype videos or joking around, he never misses.
8. He gives shoutouts to his mom after games and is a family man, always making sure to give his
9. He knows how to hype up a crowd and has a tradition of running out of the tunnel to the other side of the field and pumping his fist, yelling "Let's f--- go!"
Tom.Brady takes the field to chants of "Brady" and then throws in a fist pump. He is fired up. #WBZ pic.twitter.com/RTN3SUZMQ9- Levan Reid (@LevanReid) October 9, 2016
10. He loves giving high fives, but . His high-five requests have become so famous, Madden even put a failed high five in the video game.
The official left Tom Brady hanging ?? pic.twitter.com/ENHTINT8bV- NFL UK (@NFLUK) January 18, 2021
11. The "Tuck Rule Game": Brady's incomplete pass, that many believe was a fumble, is one of the biggest play controversies in recent history and the rule even ended up changing due to this play against the Raiders. Brady later admitted it may have been a fumble.
"The Tuck Rule Game."- NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) January 9, 2019
The ruling: an incomplete pass.
The result: the start of a legendary run of postseason success. (2001 Divisional: Jan. 19, 2002) @Patriots pic.twitter.com/skVvwaLWTJ
I said might. Such a tough call. No choice but to respect the officials probably correct decision. https://t.co/0qXIiq5Ux9- Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 5, 2022
12. , when the Patriots came back in Super Bowl LI down 28-3 against the Falcons to win in overtime.
The game-winner! #Patriots #SB51 pic.twitter.com/n66F6fXsr6- NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017
13. He likes to experiment with hair styles, some are better than others.
When Tom Brady brings back his long hair it's over for all the NFL teams pic.twitter.com/hhtqWBwvkv- Joey (@LordJoey615) January 13, 2019
14. and shows off his style at events from the Kentucky Derby to the Met Gala and even pulls out some trendy looks . He now even has his
MVP in the house. #GoPats pic.twitter.com/NsUpcl1adI- New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 4, 2018
tom brady looks like he's about to ask a room full of people to suspend their disbelief and believe in the power of magic just for one night pic.twitter.com/VO98UB5gyq- Mina Kimes (@minakimes) May 7, 2018
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City- Getty Images Entertainment (@GettyVIP) May 7, 2019
Coverage ?? of #MetGala ?? https://t.co/uz3HVysbF8#fashion #metgala2019 #camp #GiseleBundchen #TomBrady pic.twitter.com/0Bwl5PyyuN
15. His golf skills are on point and he .'
Bryson DeChambeau: "you good with some tape?"- AP Sports (@APSports) July 6, 2021
Tom Brady: "is this for the pants?"
Bryson DeChambeau: "that's for your lips, man."
hot start for trash talk at The Match! pic.twitter.com/9T1afZLyYu
16. He shocked the world by retiring, then by
These past two months I've realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it's not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I'm coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm- Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 13, 2022
17. Whenever Brady is leading an offense, that team always has a chance to win the game, which is not something you can say about many quarterbacks.
18. His dancing skills are incredible.
19. His commercials show the funny side of the quarterback. His acting has improved over time for sure.
20. and the bromances he has have remained strong through two teams and over two decades in the league.
21. , like avocado ice cream, but he is still playing professionally at 45,
22. His comedic timing is pretty good for an athlete.
23. Brady threw five touchdowns in one quarter, yes just one quarter, in 2009 against the Tennessee Titans.
Six touchdown passes, including five in the 2nd quarter!@TomBrady did it in a snowy 59-0 win 12 years ago today. ?? (Oct. 18, 2009) pic.twitter.com/lXHVjYJhKA- NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) October 18, 2021
24. Brady defied the odds as a sixth-rounder, selected with the No. 199 pick, to become one of the greatest players of all time
25. Brady is consistently , even entering his 23rd season in the league. At this point everyone in New England and Tampa Bay must own at least two No. 12 jerseys.
26. Brady's two-minute offense is one of the best in the league. Once he gets a certain look and gets the ball with the game on the line and the clock winding down, you know he is about to sling it.
27. His ability to take undrafted, underrated and low draft pick players and help turn them into stars. Some examples are Julian Edelman,'Wes Welker and Danny Amendola.
28. Brady uses some of his time off the field to do charity work and frequently spends time with Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an "organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
Tm Brady with the deep, deep TD pass at his annual Best Buddies football game at Harvard Stadium Friday - #Patriots #WBZ pic.twitter.com/2WQKneQiPv- Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) June 2, 2018
29. He has thrown touchdown passes to 71 (!!) different players, which is an NFL record.
30. The "Tom Brady effect." Brady being on a team is often the reason players end up signing with the squad,
31. His commitment to the game is something former and current players have said is unlike anything they've seen. Edelman said Brady works in the off-season as hard as he does during the regular season.'
32. His . Need I say more?
Tom Brady made his NFL Combine debut 20 years and 6 rings ago.- Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) February 27, 2020
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33. Brady holds the record for quarterback sneak attempts with 157.
34. He has the most touchdowns, completions, yards, wins and Pro Bowls in NFL history.
35. Brady's career has spanned seven presidential terms and five presidents.
36. He has the most touchdown passes by a 40-year-old, by a lot.
Most TD passes by a 40-year-old in NFL history:- AP Sports HQ (@APSportsHQ) August 3, 2022
1. Tom Brady, 168
2. Drew Brees, 51
3. Brett Favre, 44
3. Warren Moon, 44
5. Vinny Testaverde, 31
Happy 45th Birthday to @TomBrady ?? pic.twitter.com/plrrbmamRq
37. His on-field rivalry turned friendship with Peyton Manning, .'
The kids over on tiktok are calling this the Peyton angle ?? Rude! pic.twitter.com/ovCdMsfgrO- Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 13, 2022
38. He finally got 1,000 yards rushing and , when he does run it is a moment to remember.
TOM BRADY: 1,000 YARD RUSHER pic.twitter.com/cbqJgI7O0J- Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 2, 2018
39. When he lines up behind center for Week 1, he will become the oldest QB in NFL history to start a game, passing Steve DeBerg, who started a game at 44 years, 279 days old.
40. Brady is a lot older than his teammates, some were even born after he was drafted. This year's No. 1 overall pick, Travon Walker, was born on Dec. 18, 2000. Brady had already been drafted by the Patriots (April 2000) by then.
41. Brady always makes sure to celebrate Halloween properly, sometimes making fun of himself and , and other times going with classic costumes.
42. While serving a suspension, Brady jetted off to Italy to vacation. Even a Super Bowl champion likes to travel to escape his problems and reality. Celebrities, they're just like us!
43. Despite being one of the best ever, he was not always an incredible quarterback. He did not excel in football from when he started and was the backup quarterback on his 0-8 high school team.
Tom Brady on believing in yourself- Matt Lisle (@CoachLisle) July 3, 2022
?? "I was a backup quarterback on a 0-8 freshman high school team, and I didn't play. We didn't even win a game and I couldn't even play" ??
44. The NFL was not the league that drafted Brady. In the 1995 MLB draft, Brady the catcher was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round.'
45. Brady has appeared in 10 Super Bowls, meaning he has appeared in over 17% of the NFL's championship.'