Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has been playing in the NFL for a long time. His career started before some players in the league were even born, and at 45 he's old enough to be some players' dad.
While it feels like Brady has been in the NFL forever, one stat helps put his one-of-a-kind career into context.
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As of Thursday, Dec. 29, Brady has officially spent half of his life in the NFL. It's been 8,292 days since he was drafted back in 2000, which is exactly how old he was on that historic day when the New England Patriots selected him in the sixth round with the 199th pick.
Brady has lived an incredibly full football life since then, winning seven Super Bowls and three MVP awards while setting countless records. He's done and seen it all at this point, and his longevity in such a violent, injury-plagued sport is already the stuff of legend. An average NFL career lasts only 3.3 seasons, but Brady is already in his 23rd season and counting. Not even Father Time can stop him.
After briefly retiring last offseason, Brady has recently indicated that he isn't planning to make the same mistake this offseason. The game is his life. He sleeps, eats, and breathes football.
Brady has dedicated his life to the game, which has helped him achieve some awesome things over the past two decades. Things that nobody thought were possible. He's already been the GOAT for a while now, but when you're so good at something that you've spent your whole life doing, it can be hard to walk away.
Time will tell if Brady and the Buccaneers have another Super Bowl run left in them. They currently have the 10th-best odds (+3100) on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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