TB could compete till 50 – Belichick honors Bucs' leading man before the Patriots get-together
New England Patriots coach added recognition on his former player and protege Tom Brady leading up to Sunday's match in Foxborough against the Buccaneers.
Brady will command Super Bowl champions the Buccaneers (2-1) against his former side, the Patriots (1-2), on the road in Foxborough on Sunday.
The famous Boston duo of the 44-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots coach Bill Belichik left six Super Bowl wins for the history books during almost twenty years of working together. It was strange to see first Brady going from the Patriots and then wearing a different color uniform. Even stranger will be for the spectators, especially for the Patriots fans to see Brady playing against them.
With Brady displaying no marks of slowing down, long-serving Patriots coach Belichick praised the five-time Super Bowl MVP.
"Nothing Tom does surprises me," Belichick told reporters on Wednesday.
"He's a great player, works hard, takes care of himself. He's talked about playing until 50. If anybody can do it, he probably can.
"Tom's had an unbelievable career. There's not enough superlatives and adjectives to compliment him on everything that he's achieved and continues to achieve.
"It's unbelievably impressive."
Brady has thrown for at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns through his team's first three games for the second time in his career (also 2011). He is the only quarterback in NFL history to do that twice.
Tampa Bay's Brady will be looking to join Drew Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only starting quarterbacks to defeat all 32 teams in their careers.
Brady is also on the cusp of history, with the QB requiring just 68 yards to surpass Brees' NFL career passing yardage record of 80,358 yards.
"He's as tough as any quarterback there is or ever has been. Enough said. His numbers are incredible," Belichick added.
"He's about to pass the all-time passing record. He's done more than any other player at that position in whatever measurement you want to take – whether it's yards, completions, touchdowns, championships, you name it. Put anything out there that you want; it doesn't get any tougher than that."