Twenty-two years and a whole lot of NFL trophies separate Tom Brady and Chase Young.
But the mutual respect between the most winningest NFL quarterback of all-time and one of the NFL's most exciting rookie prospects was on full display after Tampa Bay defeated Washington 31-23 in their Super Wild Card matchup on Saturday night.
At the end of the game, Young approached Brady to congratulate him on his thirty-first career playoff win. Young appeared to ask for Brady's jersey before the two shook hands and embraced.
After Washington defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 to clinch the NFC East title in Week 17, the eventual Rookie Defensive Player of the Year could be heard saying “Tom Brady, I’m coming. I want Tom, I want Tom.”
Some cautioned the 21-year-old to be careful what he wished for, but Washington head coach Ron Rivera chalked the comments up to youthful exuberance from a player who wants to compete with the best in the league.
And at 43-years-old, the six-time Super Bowl champion showed that he is undoubtedly still among the best in the league.
Prior to the game, when asked about the standout rookie’s comments, Brady said “[Young] is obviously a great young player, so we’ve got our hands full with that D-line.”
The Bucs offensive line did have their hands full on Saturday, giving up three sacks and seven quarterback hits. But they kept Young relatively quiet.
He finished the game with just one tackle, failing to register a single sack or hit on the three-time NFL MVP quarterback.
Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns against on the night as the Buccaneers advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Their opponent is yet to be determined, with NFC playoff action set to take place on Sunday.
Young finished his rookie year with 7.5 sacks, 32 tackles and 4 forced fumbles, drawing early comparisons to some legendary NFL defensemen.
With just one season under his belt, it's yet to be seen if Young will reach the heights that No. 12 has reached in his 20-year career, but he's made it abundantly clear that he's striving to do so.