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    Tom Brady hopes to play past 40

    http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/...play-long-time


    Tom Brady turned 35 on Friday, earning the Patriots' quarterback a few birthday serenades from fans at New England's training camp.

    While Brady has said in the past that he would like to play until he is 40, and has shown few signs of slowing down, the Patriots are getting ever closer to the unthinkable: life without their franchise quarterback.

    After practice Sunday, Brady wouldn't put a number on how many more years he would like to play, just reiterating that he would "like to play for a long time."

    Great players often combine conditioning, smarts and a love for football to remain effective into their late 30s and beyond, said Nick Caserio, the Patriots' director of player personnel.

    "Joe Montana was a great player, (Dan) Marino was a great player, (John) Elway was a good player, (Troy) Aikman -- those guys were fun to watch for years," he said.

    Quarterback George Blanda played until he was 48, Steve DeBerg to 44 and Brett Favre until he was 41.

    Caserio cited two other examples. Vinny Testaverde was 42 when he played for the Patriots in 2006 and Doug Flutie was 43 when he played for the Pats in 2005.

    Brady said after practice Sunday that he has a lot of football left in him, and that both Flutie and Testaverde were great teammates and that he learned a great deal from both.

    "I'm a long ways from 42," Brady reminded reporters. "Hopefully, I'm still talking to you guys when I'm 42."

    Four-year veteran Brian Hoyer and second-year pro Ryan Mallett are competing to one day replace Brady, or to be able to step in if he goes down again, as he did in 2008.

    "I think they're going to have ample opportunity here in the preseason, so we'll get a good gauge," Caserio said.

    Mallett spent much of his rookie season trying to catch up after the lockout eliminated rookie camp and OTAs.

    "I think having a spring under my belt and going back to Day 1 of how we do things is the kind of stuff that I missed last year from day one," he said. "So I was trying to play catch up (last year) and it's hard to play catch up in this offense."

    Mallett said his increased comfort level has been evident during camp, and coach Bill Belichick agrees.

    "He's way ahead of where he was last year," Belichick said. "(He) knows more about what we're doing. I think has a better understanding of what the defense is doing and has run the plays -- he's actually run them. Last year, we were putting them in and he had never done them before."

    The Patriots pretty much know what they have in the 26-year-old Hoyer, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season and could earn a major opportunity elsewhere.

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    I thought this was a Jets board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LockeJET View Post

    While Brady has said in the past that he would like to play until he is 40, and has shown few signs of slowing down, the Patriots are getting ever closer to the unthinkable: life without their franchise quarterback.

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    I guess this guy hasn't been paying attention to JI.

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    Awesome... I am so psyched for our next AFC East title in 2022

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    Or until he wins a SB without cheating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by child please View Post
    Or until he wins a SB without cheating.
    How do you know he stopped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    How do you know he stopped?

    Good insight.

    Belicheat never will stop, so he'll have to get his un-stained ring elsewhere as a 42 year old journeyman holding a clipboard on a SB team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    How do you know he stopped?
    +1

    There is no evidence <agreed>

    Recent studies by the Commissioner's office have shown that career longevity of NFL players is considerably enhanced when they know what play/defenses are called ahead of time.

    Why even stop at playing into your 40s when 50s are possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EM31 View Post
    +1

    There is no evidence <agreed>

    Recent studies by the Commissioner's office have shown that career longevity of NFL players is considerably enhanced when they know what play/defenses are called ahead of time.

    Why even stop at playing into your 40s when 50s are possible?
    Great news for Peyton Manning and his teammates.

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    guess we have about 6 more yrs of NO afc east titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdanNJ View Post
    guess we have about 6 more yrs of NO afc east titles.
    That's good, 6 more years and Sanchez will just about be coming around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2 View Post
    That's good, 6 more years and Sanchez will just about be coming around.
    Why rush him?

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    Maybe with the new off season rules making sure the players have time off, lighter practices and training camp being less stressful, Throw in the rules protecting QBs and him being a pocket passer he just might do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Why rush him?
    Like in the playoff game in Foxboro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by child please View Post
    Like in the playoff game in Foxboro?
    Oh you mean in the second biggest game in the Jets' entire history?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Oh you mean in the second biggest game in the Jets' entire history?
    No, just the one where he beat Tom Brady and the genius Belicheat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by child please View Post
    Like in the playoff game in Foxboro?
    So he has played one good game out of 53 starts?

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    God, that was two years ago.

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    It's not the age per se that deteriorates skill, it's the body's inability to recover as it did at a younger age as quickly and sufficiently.

    Brady could play till 42 if his body doesn't take hits. Or he could be completely diminished in 2 years at 37. We''l just have to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatsFanTX View Post
    So he has played one good game out of 53 starts?
    Yeah, 2 AFC champ, he played only 1 good game in 3 seasons. And I suspect someone as sadly obsessed with the jets as you has seen them all.

    Go outside and get some fresh air clown, 50,000 posts, you're a loser.
    Last edited by child please; 08-06-2012 at 02:11 PM.

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