Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrated his 43rd birthday on Monday, reminding the football world that he has remained productive (just how much so depends on who you ask) despite playing well into his 40s.
Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan—himself 48 years old—tweeted at Brady to wish him a happy birthday while also pulling out an old photo from a game the two all-time greats shared the same field.
The photo was taken Feb. 3, 2008, when the Giants ended Brady and the New England Patriots’ bid for a perfect 19-0 season by beating them 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. It was an excellent troll job, but it was overshadowed by Brady himself when he responded with a quote tweet.
Thanks, Mike. Guess we’ll just have to run it back...on a football field...where I still go to work every day...😉 https://t.co/MHzPWtIDJa— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) August 3, 2020
Strahan retired after that Super Bowl and has since taken on a second career as a studio analyst for FOX. Brady has remained on the field, winning three more Super Bowls in addition to the other three he won before that game.
The two players were at different stages of their careers and played different positions, but the only way Strahan could clap back at that is by returning to the field. That doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.
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