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Tom Brady earns Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year honor for second time

Vincent Frank

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is in the midst of yet another brilliant season. The future first ballot Hall of Famer is looking to win his eighth Super Bowl title and second consecutive championship.

Regardless of what happens moving forward on the season, Tom Terrific continues to defy Father Time. He’s playing better at 44 than the quarterback was performing in his mid-20s with the New England Patriots.

Brady has now earned his latest accolade. The 14-time Pro Bowler was just announced as the Sports Ilustrated Sportsperson of the Year for the second time in his career.

“The quarterback earns this honor for the second time, 16 years after the first, for a year defined by victory in Super Bowl LV and—in the midst of an MVP-caliber encore—victory over time itself,” Sports Illustrated announced.

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Tom Brady is simply GOAT

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Jul 20, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speaks during a ceremony as President Joe Biden welcomes the Buccaneers to the South Lawn of the White House to honor the team for their Super Bowl LV Championship. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

None of this should really come as a surprise. When Brady met with President Biden at the White House back in January to celebrate his most-recent Super Bowl title, the photo of him behind that famed presidential “desk” seemed just too perfect.

Since entering the NFL back in 2000, Brady has defined the sports world. He’s been the single most popular professional athlete, even shining above the NBA’s LeBron James. Brady’s on-field success has since given in to an equally remarkable off-field persona that continues to endear him to fans around the country. That includes a self-deprecating humor we didn’t know existed during his Patriots days.

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But it really is all about success on the gridiron. Brady now holds the all-time NFL record in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He boasts the most Super Bowl titles for any player in the history of the league and has posted an absurd 239-72 record as a starting quarterback during the regular season.

As for how long Tom Brady might play for, we are not close to seeing the last of him.

“I’d say there are parts of me that are 55, and I think there’s parts of me that are 25. What parts? I think I’m wise beyond my years,” Brady told Sports Illustrated. “I think I’ve had a lot of life experience packed into 44 years. When I go through the tunnel and onto the field? Probably mid-30s—and I’ve got to work really hard to feel good. It’s a demolition derby every Sunday. I feel 25 when I’m in the locker room with the guys. Which is probably why I still do it.”

Sorry, fellow NFC South teams!

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