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Tom Brady has been mixing things up in the sports world for a variety of reasons, but there is one that makes this NFL quarterback really stand out. Brady started his career in the National Football League back in 2000. Now practically two decades later, Brady is still considered an MVP.

Sure, he’ll have to retire one day, but for now, you just have to wonder: How exactly is Brady cheating father time?

How old is Tom Brady?

Tom Brady playing football
Tom Brady | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Brady has been moving and shaking on the field for just about 20 years. Age aside, engaging in such an intense sport day in and day out really impacts the body. Even so, the prized quarterback has maintained his game all this time. So, exactly how old is the Patriots player? 

Brady was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California. That makes him an impressive 42-years-old. But, what is it that makes Brady’s age stand out so much? For one, Brady is arguably the best quarterback of his generation, and he’s been holding down the title for quite some time. 

He’s had the pleasure of starting all 16 games every season since 2002, missing only 2008 because of an injury. It’s safe to say the setback is the only reason he hasn’t started every single game since that fateful year. If he’s the starter for 2019, he will be setting an NFL record as the oldest position player to kick off so many seasons.

Has Tom Brady’s age affected his game?

Despite his MVP status, it’s still very possible Brady’s age is impacting his playing style. Sure one can’t deny the possibility, but it’s highly unlikely! Brady has accomplished so much in his 20 years on the field. Not to mention he’s still playing at the VERY top of his game.

Need proof? Free-agent wide receiver Adam Humphries passed up the opportunity to play with the Patriots. Instead, he opted to work alongside the Tennessee Titans. Why? He didn’t want to have to potentially catch passes thrown by none other than the man himself!

While it would have been an honor, it looks like Humphries felt his own game wasn’t up to snuff — at least not in comparison to the G.O.A.T.

How does Tom Brady cheat father time?

It’s not easy. Brady undergoes a pretty unique training regimen with Alex Guerrero. In an interview with Men’s Health, Brady gave the world an inside look at how he stays in shape. During the meeting, he kicked off by practicing his throw. His precision and strength still as good as they were when he started, if not better. By the end of the session, Brady had thrown over 80 balls! Not an easy feat and one that left bruises on the arms of the designated catchers. 

But that’s not all Brady does. When Brady first went to Guerrero, he was dealing with pretty painful tendinitis in his arms, amongst other things.

Guerrero, who has a pretty hefty background in Chinese medicine, was able to iron out all of his sore spots in no time. From that point forward, the pair were inseparable. Now Brady’s days begin on the massage table where deep-force work is done on 20 of his muscle groups, limbering him up and raring him for his real workout.

“I’ve always thought if we can figure out a way to make Tom’s body keep up with his brain, he’ll be able to play a long time.”- Alex Guerrero

The 40-minute routine focuses on speed, agility, and core stability — areas he needs to strengthen to balance his talent and raw power. Most of the time, he tackles high-resistance-banded movement drills, paired with the basics: planking, squatting, and lunging.

Another round of massage cools his body down, flushes lactic acid, and prepares him for the remainder of his day. 

“I have a friend who freaks out if it’s not the most organic this or that, and I’m like, ‘That stress is going to harm you way more than eating that chip is.'” – Tom Brady

While he’s crazy dedicated to his workout, he’s a lot less neurotic about his diet. Brady eats clean and isn’t afraid to have a cheat day now and again. His fave healthy go-to’s include berry and banana smoothies, avocado and eggs, salads with nuts and fish, hummus, guac, nuts, roasted veggies, and of course, the powerhouse protein — chicken!

So, if you wanna try to cheat father time like Brady at the very least, the diet is easy to follow! Oh, and you can always check out his TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Boston, so you can be on the top of your game no matter how old you are!