Tom Brady had a subpar season by his standards in 2018.
The 41-year-old did not finish in the top-10 in most major statistical categories, but like he always seems to do, He's still playing in February's 30 other NFL quarterbacks are on the couch and sitting on their couches.
Brady did not have his greatest playoff performance in Sunday's AFC championship against the Chiefs. He spent 348 yards in the Patriots' 37-31 overtime win in Kansas City.
While he's not his best, he was his best when he was seems to be – when it matters most.
In the fourth quarter and overtime he was 14-for-23 for 180 yards, and then on third in the second half and overtime he was 5-for-6 for 86 yards.
"You always have a."
That's the thing that has never wavered with him over the years ̵
"You always have a lot of confidence when no. 12's on your team, "special team captain Matthew Slater said Monday.
Watching Brady go to work in the fourth quarter and overtime, he looks like a player who was still in the prime of his career. His decision-making was top-notch and so was his ultra-quick release to avoid the pass rush.
And then the joy and the feeling of being alone on the couch NFL franchise.
"You just have to stay in the moment. We always say one play at a time. You can not make up for that happening in the past, "Brady said.
With him being 41 years old, there's always going to be talk of him possibly retiring after every season, especially with what he's accomplished. But, after watching what transpired Sunday and what we know, the end may actually go even further than we may think.
Brady has been saying he wants to play until he's 45, but who said he has to stop then?
The quarterback is always going to be ready to play. He's insanely dedicated to his diet and training regimen, which is never going to go away.
Is it ideal to miss spring workouts? No. But, when you're ready, Tom Brady and Brady is there. "
Brady is on a completely different level than anyone else. What he's doing has never been done in the history of the NFL, so there is no model to follow. If more time in the offseason with the family, that would seem to be the trade off.
What would Brady really do once he retires anyway? He's said he wants to continue to promote the TB12, but it's not playing in the NFL. "(19659002) Playing for 19 seasons, it could be easy to just loose some passion for the product in a career, but that simply is not the case for Brady. Seeing how hay after Sunday's win what confirmation that he wants to be emotionally invested no matter how old he gets.
That's just who he is.
"I'm shocked that he's playing today," Tom Brady Sr. told MMQB's Albert Breer a couple of days ago.
Five years, huh?
Based on what is shown Sunday, do not bet against it.
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