You've probably been hearing a lot about Tom Brady today and that's because it's his birthday (It also might have to do with the fact that he was prominently named in the NFL's report on the Dolphins' tampering scandal, but let's focus on the birthday part of this).
Brady turned 45 on Wednesday, which is notable, because most players don't last that long in the NFL. As a matter of fact, most players don't make it to their 40th birthday in the NFL, and on that note, let's get to the two crazy facts about Brady.
Crazy fact 1: Brady is the only player in the NFL over the age of 40.
Not only is Brady the oldest player in the NFL, but he's the only active player on any roster that's over 40. Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth turned 40 in December, but he retired shortly after Los Angeles' Super Bowl win, leaving Brady as the only player over the age of 40. This means that Brady is at least FIVE YEARS OLDER than every other player in the league.
Crazy Fact 2: There are 104 NFL players who weren't EVEN born when Brady was drafted in 2000.
The more you think about this stat, the more mind-blowing it gets. Brady was drafted on April 16, 2000, and according to NFL research, there are currently 104 active players who weren't born yet. To put Brady's age in perspective, he's older than Trey Lance and Ja'Marr Chase combined (44).
It's fitting that Brady just turned 45, because of those 104 players, he could end up facing more than 45 of them this season. The guys over at Bookies.com made a list of every player Brady could face this year who wasn't yet born when he was drafted. In Week 1 alone, he could end up facing four players who weren't born to see him drafted.
Week 1 (Buccaneers at Cowboys) -- Cowboys players not born when Brady was drafted
- Juanyeh Thomas (Born: June 20, 2000)
- Damone Clark (Born: June 28, 2000)
- Kelvin Joseph (Born: November 11, 2000)
- Tyler Smith (Born: April 3, 2001)
Here's a short list of few other notable players that Brady will face this year who weren't born when he was drafted:
- 49ers QB Trey Lance (Born: May 9, 2000)
- Cardinals WR Rondale Moore (Born: June 9, 2000)
- Saints WR Chris Olave (Born: June 27, 2000)
- Falcons TE Kyle Pitts (Born: Oct. 6, 2000)
- Falcons WR Drake London (Born: July 24, 2001)
The moral of the story here is that Tom Brady is never going to retire and we will probably be adding to this list when we all celebrate his 46th birthday next year. If you want to read 45 more fun facts about Brady on his 45th birthday, then be sure to click here.