Bucs quarterback Tom Brady defies age on the gridiron, inspires others

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

An NFL quarterback who some might consider to be the “greatest of all time” is taking another big step toward greatness.

When you think he’s past his prime, Tom Brady wins again. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback has another chance to win a ring at the ripe age of 43 years old.

Brady’s age-defying performance is an inspiration for others.

For many people, turning anywhere between 40 to 50 years can be a heavy weight to bear, but not for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady

He might be in his early forties, but he’s doing things athletes half his age and younger can only dream about, as he embarks on the tenth Super Bowl appearance of his career.

“Tom has set the bar for what we can do physically and see that we can extend our peak performance age,” said Sergio Rivera, a personal trainer with Surgefit.

Rivera, who is a strength and conditioning specialist, told us Brady’s focus on health and fitness is inspiring.

“We’ve had these things in our head where you get to a certain age, and you think, ‘This is as good as it’s going to get,’ but really there’s no limit,” Rivera said.

Brady has proven otherwise. He’s famous for his drive to be the best.

Aspects of Brady’s routine

  • Brady is known to drink 2.5 gallons of water a day.
  • He only puts what he considers healthy food into his body. He won’t touch certain fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes and peppers
  • Brady starts each workout with 40 minutes of resistance bands and continues with mainly movement drills
  • He gets deep force treatment massages that both flex and relax his muscles at a progressively faster pace

“It’s a real incentive to see Tom Brady do what he does, and to be able to keep going at his age is amazing to me,” Howard Lealand said.

Lealand works out three times a week, and like Brady, he watches what he eats and drinks.

“I’ve cut off carbs and a lot of sweets, and I’ve lost about twelves pounds,” Lealand said.

We might not make 10 or a single Super Bowl appearance, but Brady proves individual hard work pays off.

“He’s extremely disciplined, and I think we can all take a little bit of that and push ourselves to the next level,” Howard said.

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