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Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s brutally honest take on Buccaneers’ Tom Brady playing until he’s 50

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The idea of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady playing until he’s 50 is gaining steam, with Brady himself leaning into it. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick weighed in on the matter during Monday’s edition of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI.

Via NFL.com’s Kevin Patra:

“I’m sure Tom would know better than anybody, so if anybody can do it, it’s him,” Belichick said.

That’s a very Bill Belichick answer, though it’s also right. If there’s anybody who can play quarterback until he’s 50, it’s Tom Brady.

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The Buccaneers star is 44 years old but is looking as good as ever to start the 2021 season. After showing out in Tampa Bay’s season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Brady threw five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a dominant 48-25 win over the hapless Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. The veteran quarterback completed 24 out of 36 passes for 276 yards and finished with a quarterback rating of 129.2.

Brady already has nine touchdowns and 655 passing yards on the season through two games for the Buccaneers. If he keeps this up, he could very well win NFL MVP. He has three of those awards to his name in his career, with his last one coming in the 2017 season with New England.

Winning another one now after winning his seventh Super Bowl last season would be truly absurd, but Tom Brady continues to defy Father Time as he continues his dominant run into his mid-40s. It really does seem he could play until he’s 50 years old as long as his health holds up and he doesn’t suffer any devastating injuries.

Brady doesn’t have anything left to prove at this point, but perhaps he really wants to show he can play until he’s 50 and add that to his GOAT resume.