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Former Patriots QB Tom Brady named Sports Illustrated 2021 Sportsperson of the Year

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 12/8/2021 Nick O'Malley, masslive.com

Tom Brady has been named the Sports Illustrated 2021 Sportsperson of the Year, marking the second time the quarterback has won the honor.

The former New England Patriots quarterback last won the award in 2005 after winning his third Super Bowl in four years. In 2021, he receives the award as the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after winning his seventh Super Bowl, now in his mid-40s.

Over the past year, the 44-year-old has become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes as well as a single entity in terms of championships won in the sport.


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“I’d say there are parts of me that are 55, and I think there’s parts of me that are 25,” Brady to said to Sports Illustrated. “What parts? I think I’m wise beyond my years. 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.”

Brady left the Patriots in free agency after the 2019 season, severing one of the most successful partnerships in sports history by leaving Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft in New England. He turned around and went to Tampa Bay, where he revitalized a franchise and fueled another Super Bowl run.

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