Over the past 20 seasons, NFL fans have been treated to the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers regularly gracing their television screens on any given Sunday.
The talent of such a group of quarterbacks is undeniable, with 10 Super Bowl victories between the quartet, as well as countless NFL records set, broken and set again.
While age may be just a number in some aspects of life, that’s not the case for professional athletes, as much as Tom Brady would like you to think so. Brady, the oldest quarterback in the league, turned 42 earlier in August. Brees is right behind him at age 40, with several other stars including Aaron Rodgers in their late thirties.
The harsh reality is that many of these quarterbacks will be out of the league within a few years – possibly even sooner than anticipated after the retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at the age of 29.
According to Brees, though, the league will be left in good hands.
Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement from the NFL at age 29 did not sit well with some Indianapolis Colts fans.
The news of Luck’s decision broke during the team’s preseason game at home against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, earlier than the quarterback had hoped. That meant Luck was on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium when supporters at the game found out they had just lost their starting signal-caller.
He left the field in Indianapolis for the final time to a chorus of boos from unhappy fans.
Brady, Tom. Six feet, four inches tall. 225 pounds. 22 years old with 20 years of NFL experience.
A hysterical misprint in the New England Patriots official roster earlier this week listed the 42-year-old superstar quarterback as a full two decades younger than he actually is.
Brady noticed the error and posted a photo to his Instagram with his incorrect age circled and a message thanking the team for “finally” getting his age right.
Antonio Brown is continuing his battle against the NFL over new rules that prohibit him from using his helmet of choice after a study revealed older equipment that has been deemed unsafe by the league.
Several other high-profile players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, have come out in semi-support of Brown’s movement. Both quarterbacks stated displeasure with having to veer from their preferred gear but have ultimately complied with the NFL’s new guidelines thus far.
Recently, another star signal-caller expressed some distaste for his new helmet – but mostly just because of how it makes him look.
Days after New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told fans to “slow their roll”over rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’s perfect preseason debut, team owner John Mara is going one step further.
Mara publicly stated that he hopes the football is never even placed in Jones’s hands this season.
“I hope Eli [Manning] has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
Many were confused when the New York Giants drafted former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth-overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, but after just one week of preseason play, some fans seem to be changing their tune.
The rookie, assumed to be the heir apparent of 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning, made his debut at MetLife Stadium on Thursday and impressed on his only drive of the game. Jones was a flawless 5-for-5 with a touchdown before being taken out of the game.
Long-suffering Giants fans were understandably excited over Jones’s preseason perfection. Head coach Pat Shurmur, however, had a message for those calling for Jones to start over Manning.
Tom Brady says he doesn’t want to think he’s “any different than everyone else” — but he can acknowledge that the situation he’s in is “unique.”
The star quarterback is entering his 20th season both in the league and with the New England Patriots and just days ago celebrated his 42nd birthday. He is the winningest quarterback in regular season, postseason and Super Bowl history, and thanks to a recent contract extension with the Patriots, he has some more time to add onto those totals.
After this season, however, there’s some uncertainty.