Before his historic record hunt, Tom Brady wished his buddy Novak Djokovic all the best for the Australian Open. “Good luck,” wrote the best football player to the currently best tennis professional during his entry farce on Instagram.
The two superstars have known each other for a long time and often exchange ideas. “I talk to Tom Brady regularly about training and recovery,” said Djokovic recently.
And who better to know about training and recovery than Brady, 44 years old and better than ever? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback defies his age, doesn’t look the least bit tired and dominates the NFL at will.
He confidently led the Bucs into the playoffs with 13:4 wins. On the way to his eleventh Super Bowl participation and possibly his eighth triumph, the Philadelphia Eagles are the first small stumbling block on Sunday (7 p.m. / DAZN and ProSieben).
Even the superstars tremble before Brady
“It’s going to be a big home game, a tough game,” said Brady cautiously, knowing full well that his team is the clear favourite. Brady could become the first quarterback in 17 years to successfully defend the Super Bowl. In 2004 and 2005 this feat was achieved – exactly: Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.
In any case, the chances are not bad, especially since Brady set numerous records again this season. A quarterback in the NFL has never had a total of 485 passes in the regular season, and 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns were also unmatched this year.
Shooting stars like Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) or veterans like Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) could hardly keep up with Brady. Only Rodgers is still in contention for the MVP trophy for the most valuable player.
“It’s not even a close race for me. If he doesn’t it would be a farce,” said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians of Brady. Rodgers also led the Packers to a 13-4 record, threw 37 touchdowns but only four interceptions, Brady twelve. The decision will be announced on February 10th.
Three days later, Brady, who was voted into the Pro Bowl for the 15th time, wants to shine again in the Super Bowl at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles – and break more records at an advanced age.