For the second time in his Illustrious career, Tom Brady has been named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsmen of the year.
The 44-year old Brady, in his second season with the Buccaneers, leads the league in touchdown passes with 34 and in passing yards with 3,771. He is the leader for MVP consideration as well.
Brady led the Bucs to a Super Bowl victory in his first season with the team in February, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
He currently has the Bucs atop the NFC South with a 9-3 record and is trying to lead the Bucs to a second consecutive Super Bowl.
Brady is still the best in the game at age 44. He has talked of playing until the age of 50. In an in-depth interview, Brady spoke with Sports Illustrated about being the best in the game at age 44. “I’d say there are parts of me that are 55, and I think there are parts of me that are 25. What parts? I think I’m wise beyond my years. I think I’ve had a lot of life experience packed into 44 years. When I go through the tunnel and onto the field? Probably mid-30. And I’ve got to work really hard to feel good. It’s a demolition derby every Sunday. I feel 25 when I’m in the locker room with the guys. Which is probably why I still do it.”
Brady first won the award 19 years ago in 2005 at the age of 25, coming off a Super Bowl win with the New England Patriots.
He is considered the greatest quarterback of all time and holds various NFL records for passing yards, passing touchdowns. He has also won the most Super Bowl titles of any player in league history.
This is just one more award that Brady can add to his resume. The most significant award, though, will be when he retires and is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not only as the greatest quarterback of all time but the greatest football player of all time.
On Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Brady and the Bucs will play an inter-conference game against the Buffalo Bills.