When quarterback Tom Brady publicly ended his retirement this past Sunday to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for at least one more season, he put himself on track toward reaching his often-repeated goal of playing in the NFL past his 45th birthday that he’ll celebrate on Aug. 3.
The G.O.A.T. may be inspiring others who feature at the sport’s most important position.
One-time Super Bowl champion signal-caller Russell Wilson joined the Denver Broncos via a trade from the Seattle Seahawks that became official at the start of the new league year on Wednesday. Wilson, who turned 33 years old this past November, insisted during his introductory Denver press conference he could still have another decade remaining in the figurative tank.
“My goal is to play 10 or 12 more years and hopefully win three, four more Super Bowls, that’s the plan,” Wilson explained, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “That’s the mindset. That’s why I came here, to finish my career here and hopefully finish on top as a champion. And do it multiple times.”
Along with refuting a statement from Seahawks chair Jody Allen that said “Russell made it clear he wanted this change” and a fresh start away from the Seahawks, Wilson admitted he consulted former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about agreeing to the blockbuster trade before he waived his no-trade clause. Manning helped guide the Broncos to a Super Bowl title in February 2016.
“I think the biggest thing he told me was that this is a winning organization,” Wilson said of Manning. “That’s was the biggest thing, obviously you know that, you know that from an outside perspective, but when you’re in it, living in it every day, as a quarterback, as someone people look to to lead, you want to make sure you can answer that question. And he said ‘without a doubt,’ he loved it here, he still lives here today.”
For what it’s worth, Manning turns 46 years old on March 24 and is already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.