Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady becomes an exclusive member of a club to celebrate his 45th birthday

TAMPA FL. — When Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady On Wednesday, turning 45, he joined an exclusive club of athletes competing at the highest level in their respective sports at 45.

Brady has always said that he would like to play football until age 45. 40-day retirement At 44, this offseason felt like there was still some “unfinished business” that needed to be done. He is now aiming for a eighth Super Bowl ring.

He will be the NFL's oldest starting quarterback when the season starts. This comes on the heels of a season in which he was the NFL's leading passer (5,316 yards), completions (485), and touchdowns (43).

Brady stated that it isn't about him, but about the support I have received to get here. “I am just so grateful to everyone who played an important part and you cannot take anything for granted.

A friend for life and a tight end Rob GronkowskiHe is one of these people, having won four Super Bowls together with Brady. Gronkowski stated, “He's got it down. He takes care of himself better then anyone I've ever seen and he can go on forever.”He is able to go as far as he wishes. He could go on and on up to 50 years. “He feels great doing it, so why not continue?”

Todd Bowles, the Bucs' coach, stated that he wasn't sure what he should say to the quarterback who seems to have everything to celebrate.

Bowles joked that “as long as we keep his upright and he's moving, that's great birthday!”

Brady's coach for position said that he was amazed by the way Brady survived and thrived throughout his Hall of Fame journey.

Clyde Christensen, Bucs quarterbacks coach, said that he is still elated by football and how he throws it at 45 is amazing to him. “Everyday I stand amazed. Every day I'm amazed to see that thing fall from his hands. “I'm simply amazed.”

Chris Chelios NHL

Chelios was a three-time Stanley Cup Champion (Montreal Canadiens, 2001-02, Detroit Red Wings 2007–08; and Toronto Canadiens, 1985-86, 2001–02) and a three-time Norris Trophy recipient. His playing career spans from 1984 to 2010. Chelios was a captain in Nagano and Salt Lake City, and he participated in the 2002, 2003, and 2006 Winter Olympics. He became the oldest defenseman to score short-handed goals in playoff games against the NHL in 2007. Calgary Flames. At 45, he was also the second-oldest NHL player and set the record with 248 playoff games. He won his third Stanley Cup. After 26 seasons, he retired at 48. He is the oldest American-born NHL player and second-oldest player after Gordie Howe (age 53). He ended his career with 185 goals, 949 points, the third-highest total by an American defenseman.

Nolan Ryan — MLB

Ryan pitched for an MLB record 27 years. He holds the record for most career strikeouts, 5,714 — and led the league with 11 strikeouts. He holds the MLB record for no hitters (7), his last being in 1991 against the Red Sox. Toronto Blue Jays At age 44, Ryan was the oldest player to pitch a no-hitter. Ryan's ERA was 2.91 and he led MLB in WHIP (1.01), hits per nine inning (5.3) as well as strikeouts per nine inning (10.6). At 46, he retired.

Oksana Chusovitina — Gymnastics

Chusovitina (47) has been competing since 1991, when she won her first gold medals in the world championships for Russia. Since then she has participated in eight Olympics as a representative of three countries: the Unified and China. Team (Barcelona, 1992), Uzbekistan [Atlanta 1996; Sydney 2000, Athens 2004] and Germany (Beijing (2008), London 2012]. She was 41 years and 2 months old when she competed in Rio as the oldest ever gymnast at the Olympic Games. She is currently training to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics, which will be her ninth Olympics.

Gordie Howe NHL

Howe, also known as “Mr. Hockey”, played 32 professional seasons between the NHL (26) or World Hockey Association (6), winning four Stanley Cups for the Detroit Red Wings. With 6 Hart Trophies, he is second in league MVP standings behind Wayne Gretsky (with 9). He eclipsed the 100 point threshold in 1968-1969 for the first time during his career, scoring 44 goals as well as 59 assists. He was 46 years old when he won the Gary L. Davidson Trophy from the WHA as league MVP.

Randy Johnson — MLB

Johnson was a five-time Cy Young Award winner, and a 10-time All-Star. His career span 22 seasons and he won 303 games. He was also a member the Arizona Diamondbacks The team that beat the New York Yankees 2001 World Series. Johnson was 6ft 10 inches tall and became the league's tallest player. He was the first to throw a no-hitter in his career, with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. Seattle Mariners) and pitched a perfect game in 2004 at age 40 against the Atlanta Braves When he was with Diamondbacks, he became the oldest MLB pitcher to do so.

Jamie Moyer — MLB

Moyer won 16 games for the All-Stars, despite only making one All-Star team. He also holds a record for most runs allowed (522), but he made the most of it. Philadelphia Phillies At 45, Moyer was on his way to winning the 2008 World Series title. Moyer was 45 years old when he had Tommy John surgery. He became the oldest pitcher ever to win a game. Colorado Rockies The defeat of San Diego Padres 5-3. He is one of 29 MLB players who has played in all four decades.

Martina Navratilova — Tennis

Navratilova was 46 years and 8 mois when she won the mixed doubles champion at Wimbledon with Leander Pes. This tied Billie Jean King’s record for the most Wimbledon titles with 20 and made her the oldest winner at Wimbledon. In 2006, she retired after winning mixed doubles at US Open with Bob Bryan. She became the oldest majors champ at age 49 years and 10 months. Her combined Grand Slam titles of 59 (18 major singles), 31 major women’s doubles, and 10 major mixed-doubles titles are the most in Open era.

Jack Nicklaus — Golf

Nicklaus was a record six-time Masters champion (1963–1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986). He also holds 18 major championships. In 1986, Nicklaus became the oldest Masters winner at 46, which is 82 days. Nicklaus was 50 when he joined the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the PGA Tour of Champions. In 2005, Nicklaus' last tournament was held after the death in his 17-month-old grandson Jake. Nicklaus used golf as a form therapy with his son Steve.

Dara Torres Swimming

Torres won 12 Olympic gold medals, four of which were gold. This tied the record for all-time Olympic medals held by Jenny Thompson in 2004, and later by Natalie Coughlin. She set the record for the longest Olympic swimming career with five Olympic games (1984-1988, 1992-1992, 2000-2008). After a seven-year hiatus, Torres returned to the Olympics in 1999 as the most decorated female swimmer with five medals. Torres, 45, has retired from athletics after finishing fourth in the Olympic trials' 50 meter freestyle.

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