Tom Brady at 40, and still beating the clock

As the new football season begins, he’s at the TOP OF HIS GAME.  We’re talking about Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback who seems impervious to age. He talked to Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning”:

Last February, Tom Brady made football history, pulling off the biggest Super Bowl comeback ever.

But just as impressive as his ability to defy the odds is Brady’s knack for defying his age.

O’Donnell asked, “Is there any chance that this is your last year?”

“No, no,” Brady replied.

At 39, the New England Patriots captain became the second-oldest quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. Now he’s 40, and entering his 18th season. Brady is an expert at beating the clock, in more ways than one.

“I do want to go out on my terms,” he said. “I do want to go out playing my best.”

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots throws the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Brady won his fifth Super Bowl ring – the most by any quarterback.


Brady adds, “I’m faster now and quicker now than, you know, when I first started playing football.”

If there’s a magic formula, you’ll find it inside a fitness facility near Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play. It’s called the TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Brady’s a co-owner.

Using resistance bands rather than heavy weights, Brady focuses on something he calls “pliability” — the lengthening and softening of muscles.

Norah O’Donnell gets some tips from Tom Brady at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Foxborough, Mass.

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He’s written a book about it, called  “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance”  (published by Simon & Schuster, a CBS company).  He says it’s a healthy guide to living for everyone of every age. 

“The average Jane or Joe is gonna be like, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t train the way Tom Brady trains,'” O’Donnell said.

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“Some people may be able to do some things better than I can,” Brady said. “Hopefully they don’t throw the football better than me, which is what I’m really trying to do!”

But even more difficult than throwing like Tom Brady is eating like him. O’Donnell asked him about the foods he eats, or doesn’t:

Coffee? “Yeah, I’ve never…

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