G.O.A.T. is 45 years old today.
This is as near to a national holiday as any name day can get: Tom Brady’s birth day isn’t an NFL holiday, but it’s as close as any name day can get.
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., who was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California, continues to shatter NFL records, particularly those pertaining to his age. Father Time snarls in mockery of Brady’s unblemished record with each snap.
If Bucs quarterback Matt Brady throws his first pass in Week 1, he’ll join Hall of Famer George Blanda as the only players in NFL history with a passing yard at or older than 45. Brady would also become the first player in NFL history to gain a rushing yard or a receiving yard after turning 45 if he managed one of those two feats.
The crack NFL Research team put together some notes in honor of TB12’s birthday. As we eat our sugar-free avocado cake, let’s take a look at what we found:
Culture in the United States in 1977, the year of Brady’s birth:
Star Wars topped the box office with a total gross of $307,263,857.
Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) was the year’s most popular song.
It was the most popular television show of all time.
The publication of Stephen King’s The Shining took place.
The Apple II, Apple’s first personal computer, was released.
There are presently 104 active players that were born after April 16, 2000, the date New England drafted Brady. Without TB12 in the NFL, these guys wouldn’t know what it’s like to live.
Logan Hall, the Buccaneers’ 33rd overall pick in the 2022 draft, was born on April 22, 2000, six days before Tom Brady was selected. The 12 first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft were all born after Tom Brady was selected.
Thirteen of the 32 current head coaches are under the age of Brady, compared to his age. Kevin O’Connell and Kliff Kingsbury were both quarterbacks picked by the Patriots while Tom Brady was on the team in 2008 and 2003, respectively.
Brady has more career throwing yards (22,938) than any of the following quarterbacks in their 40s:
Roger Staubach was the head coach at the University of Oklahoma (22,700)
Michael Vick is a well-known American football player (22,464)
Theodore “Sammy” Baugh (21,886)
The name of Neil O’Donnell is pronounced (21,690)
Jim McMahon is a well-known figure in the entertainment industry (18,148)
Six. Brady has more passing touchdowns in his 40s (168) than any of these noteworthy quarterbacks have in their entire careers:
Troy Aikman is an American football player who was a member of the (165)
Jim Plunkett is a well-known author (164)
Tobias Starr (152)
When Brady was 44 years old in 2021, he led the NFL in total touchdowns with 45 (43 passes, 2 rushing). It was the second time in his career that he had 45 or more total touchdowns (also 2007). He became one of only three players to score 45 or more points in two consecutive seasons (Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers). In the history of NFL players, only Tom Brady, who is 40 or older, has had a season like this.
Brady has the most seasons with 45 or more passing touchdowns in NFL history if playoff stats are included (Brady’s seasons: 2007, 2011, 2020, 2021). Rodgers, Manning, and Patrick Mahomes are the only three players who have had more than one season in which they threw for more than 20 touchdowns.
Including playoffs, Brady has had 13 seasons in which he has thrown for more than 4,500 yards. This is the most ever in NFL history. Aside from Drew Brees (12), no one else has ever played for 10 or more years in the NFL.
Fun facts about age 45 that aren’t related to sports:
At the age of 45, Tom Hanks received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The role of Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction was given to Samuel L. Jackson at the age of 45.
Henry Ford invented the Model T at the age of 45.
At the age of 45, Paul Simon won Album of the Year at the 1987 Grammy Awards for Graceland, which included You Can Call Me Al.
The Hobbit was written by J.R.R. Tolkien when he was 45 years old.
At the age of 45, Ted Danson took on the role of Sam Malone in the eleventh season of the sitcom Cheers.
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