Tom Brady announced he was retiring from the NFL earlier this year, putting an end to one of the most remarkable careers the league has ever seen.
Brady spent 22 seasons in the NFL, playing until the age of 44. Many expected the level of his game to drop long before he retired, however, the Californian continued to be regarded as one of the best in the game even in his final season.
In 2021, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title. It was his first outside of the New England Patriots, proving that he was not just part of the system installed in Foxborough. He was also named the Super Bowl MVP in that game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now need to find a replacement for their star QB. The NFC South side are +3300 in the betting to start the post-Brady era with victory in Super Bowl in 2023. Those looking to back the Bucs should consider the bonus types available, as free bets, cash bonuses and a risk-free bet could be snapped up.
Whoever does replace Brady in Florida has tough shoes to fill. Last season he led the league in passing yards, with 5,316. He scored 43 touchdowns and had a 0.675 completion rate with his passes.
Brady Has Been Lucky with Injuries
Although Brady does need to be commended for the way he has remained in great shape throughout his career, unlike some of his rivals in the sport, he has been very fortunate with injuries.
All quarterbacks take an incredible beating to their body on the pitch. Part of being a great QB is the ability to absorb a sack and then get up to make the next play. Brady has done that time and time again.
In his 22 seasons in the NFL, he has never had to miss a large part of a season through injury. This has meant that, although he was 44 in his final season, he did not have the scars to prove it.
Brady has always been very smart on the field. He is not in the same mold as the modern-day QBs, who look to escape the pocket as much as possible and pick up yards with their feet. The seven-time Super Bowl winner’s biggest strength was his accuracy with his arm. He knew when to let go of the ball and when to defend.
Diet Has Also Helped Brady’s Longevity
Tom Brady made a lot of references to his diet in his book The TB12 Method, which was published in 2017. He claimed 80 percent of the food he eats is vegetables. He had his own personal chef in the NFL who would ensure he ate the correct portion of each food type.
Brady enjoyed eating chicken and fish for his lunch and dinner, while there would be a lot of nuts in his diet plan.
In his book, the former Patriots and Bucs QB claimed to drink around 12 to 25 glasses of water a day. This helped ensure he was fully hydrated. Given the amount of training he would do, he needed this water to replace the fluids he was losing throughout the day.
It remains to be seen what the next chapter of Brady’s life will be. Expect to see him remain in great shape and who knows, you can never rule out a return to the NFL in the near future.