DATELINE: Satchel, Howe, MJ
There’s one in every sport.
Tom Brady is not alone, except in his particular game of choice.
Once in every great sport of major-league proportion, there comes in individual who seems to challenge the notion of growing old, who makes Destiny his puppet.
In hockey that man is Gordie Howe who is scoring goals in his 40s and 50s. He even had the chutzpah to stick around until he could play hockey with his grown sons as professionals.
In basketball, the man is Michael Jordan who at age 40 scored 40 points in a game. He could not retire until a third attempt at leaving hoops.
In baseball, the man is Satchel Paige who was a MLB Rookie at age 47 and who pitched three innings against the Red Sox at age 59 allowed only one hit. Luis Tiant was his teammate in Cleveland.
So, fans, Tom Brady is in fine company. At age 40 he is leading his team to another Super Bowl.
What did these men have in common?
They could never retire, never wanted to leave the game, never admitted admitted time was the greatest enemy who could win against them. They were obsessed with their game. To them playing their game was a Religion and each of them was a high priest in the arts of sport.
To be allowed to observe and to follow one of these special careers and individuals does not happen often, as you can see from each sport’s history.
Today, in football of the NFL, you are a witness to something that happens only in several generations, and only once in the sport in a hundred years.
You will not see their likes again. And, Tom Brady is not done.