It’s not an exaggeration: Tom Brady spent half his life in the NFL

TAMPA — In a purely mathematical sense, the youngest retired quarterback on the planet has only reached middle age.

As of Thursday, Tom Brady has spent almost half of his life in the NFL: 8,292 days between birth (August 3, 1977) and being drafted by the Patriots (April 16, 2000); There are 8,292 days to be selected for training through Thursday.

“It’s a data-driven world, but it’s crazy,” Brady said Thursday, pointing to that fact. “It’s hard for me to imagine.”

Brady’s arrival at his metaphorical equator came four days after he recorded his 250th career NFL regular-season win — an unprecedented feat. His 67 regular-season wins as a starter since age 40 are nearly four times as many as Drew Brees (17), who ranks second on that list quarterback. He also set a record with at least 20 touchdown passes in 20 seasons.

“I love it. I certainly love my chance to play, it’s a lot of memories and relationships. I certainly have all of that that I deserve,” he said.

Brady was dismissive Thursday when asked what factors ultimately led to his decision to retire, but in his let’s go! monday podcast, When co-host Jim Gray asked him if he was thinking about it at this point.

“I don’t really know,” said Brady, who could claim his 19th career division title Sunday when the Bucs (7-8) host the Panthers (6-9) in an NFC South showdown. .

“You know, I think what I really realized last year[when he retired briefly]is that you have to be very sure about it. … So I’m going to take it slow, whenever. At the same time, the team asked I do a really important job, I want to play, I want to play my best the last two weeks of the regular season.”

Contact Joey Knight jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls

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