by Alex Poletti
On his 42nd birthday, the New England Patriots extended Tom Brady through the 2050 season, giving the franchise quarterback the longest contract in sports history. While uncommon to see deals longer than 20 years, especially in the NFL where careers are notably short, the Patriots believe that by signing the signal caller until his age-73 season they may capture the majority of his prime.
“For us, this deal was a no-brainer,” de facto general manager Bill Belichick says. “Tom and I work well together, and we’ve shared tremendous success. He may be a little older than most at the end of his career, but we still think he’ll be better than Ben Roethlisberger is now.”
Brady took a slight step back from his MVP 2017 season, but still performed admirably last year, posting over 4,000 yards and just under 30 touchdowns. The season ended in his sixth Super Bowl win, giving him as many rings as Thanos has infinity stones.
Some industry executives see the move as risky, given that Brady is already one of the older players in the league. At 42, the career Patriot’s production hasn’t dipped, but as he gains AARP eligibility, regression may occur.
“I feel confident in my ability to perform well into my 50s, 60s and early 70s,” Brady says. “Anyone who read the book I paid someone to write knows that. My health practices are top-notch, and I just installed a Lazarus Pit in the basement of my mansion, so I should be set.”
While Belichick, Brady’s coach, mentor and friend, is happy that his star player will continue to play in front of Foxborough fans, he admits the experience is bittersweet, as he may not be around to witness all of Brady’s career.
“He’s the best player I’ve ever coached, and I wish I could see his career through,” the future Hall of Fame coach says. “But I’m getting older, there’s no doubt about that. And I think the devil said he was coming to collect sometime in the ‘20s, so Tom’s got about 30 years without me.”
With more than 30 years of football left to play, Brady is poised to hold every quarterback record by the end of his Patriot tenure. Already a Hall of Fame lock and considered by many to be the NFL’s GOAT, it seems that the future is bright for the Michigan alum. However, there is some question as to whether he will end up in the Hall of Fame, or if sea levels will rise and engulf Canton, Ohio, before Brady retires.