How Old Is Tom Brady and When Will He Retire?

Tom Brady appears to be defying nature. The five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback has had an illustrious football career. The average NFL quarterback plays for just 4.4 years as a starter, but Brady is now in his 17th season as a starter and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. Brady has credited a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a disciplined lifestyle as the reason he remains in tip-top shape after years of football, but everything must come to an end eventually. So, how old is Tom Brady and when exactly does he plan to hang up his helmet and cleats?

How old is Tom Brady?

Tom Brady work out

Tom Brady | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Tom Brady was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California, making Tom Brady 41 years old. Brady was raised by his parents alongside three sisters. The now great football quarterback had rather humble beginnings in the sport. As a sophomore at Junipero Serra High School, he was a backup on the junior varsity football team. The winless team only gave Brady a chance to play when the JV starter was injured. He eventually went on to start for the school’s varsity football team.

Brady wasn’t considered a high¬†college football prospect during his senior year at Junipero Serra High School. As a high school senior, Brady sent his own highlight reels to recruiters in an attempt to garner attention. Tom Brady was seen as a better baseball player and was heavily courted by the Expos. He, however, believed his heart was in football and decided to attend college to play the game. He went on to The University of Michigan and spent two years as a backup quarterback before getting a chance to start a game.

Tom Brady’s NFL career

View this post on Instagram

W #9and3letsgetto10and3lfgtb121k

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

Tom Brady was selected in the 2000 draft. He was the 199th overall pick and was regarded as a mid-tier quarterback prospect. The Patriots selected Tom Brady to serve as the fourth string quarterback under Drew Bledsoe’s Patriots. In 2001 Bledsoe suffered a catastrophic injury that resulted in internal bleeding. Brady suited up and took control of the team.

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/sJsq5uP7IjI” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Bledsoe never regained a starting quarterback position with the Patriots, who preferred Brady’s youthful command of the team. He was traded the following year, and Brady took over the play calling role permanently. Brady has gone on to start 269 games. He has thrown over 9,000 passes, completing over 6,000 of them. He has thrown over 500 touchdowns and won five Super Bowl rings, appearing¬†in eight big games.

When will Tom Brady retire?

It is not known when Tom Brady will finally decide to hang up his helmet and give another quarterback a chance to take over center in New England. Brady, however, has some idea of when he’d like to walk off into the sunset. Two years ago, the married NFL great has stated that he’d like to play the game well into his mid-40s. He is likely looking to surpass the record holder for the oldest quarterback in the league.

Brady, right now at 41 is among the oldest to have ever played the game, but he has not secured the number one spot just yet. That honor goes to George Blanda, the 1970s era quarterback. He played the game until he was 48. However, he did not start a game after the age of 41, and spent much of his 26 seasons as a kicker, not a quarterback.

In short, Tom Brady plans to play the game for as long as he can. In 2017 he stated that he’d like to play for another five to seven years, which would bring him to the ripe age of 44 to 47. As long as the aging quarterback remains healthy and can still throw the ball with ease, expect to see Brady guiding the Patriots to win after win.