Is it diet or drugs that make Tom Brady so great at 40?

Athletes in their early 40s are not supposed to be as good as they were in their 20s. That is just not how the human body works but Tom Brady did not get that memo.

At 40 years old, Tom Brady is still the best quarterback in the NFL and way better than many players who are a decade younger than he is. So how does Tom Brady do it? It is difficult for one not to think of Brady’s age, his high level of performance and not think Performance Enhancing Drug (PED). We are talking about a New England Patriot after all. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots and cheating go together like Donald Trump, Russian prostitutes and piss in the mouth.

At 39, Peyton Manning no longer could throw the way he used to. He missed seven starts with a foot injury and had a 67.9 passer rating, easily the worst of his career. Peyton Manning knew it was time for retirement.

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At 39, tom Brady led the AFC in passer rating, yards per attempt and passing yards per game. The Patriots won 11 of his 12 starts, leading many to believe he was the league’s MVP. Tom Brady wants to play for another decade.

“It is unbelievable to see a 39-year-old man play like he’s 29,” says Edelman, his teammate for eight years. “His body hasn’t really changed… he’s still the same.”

Tom Brady claims that a vegan diet is what keeps his body so young, healthy and strong like he was still 25. Colin Kaepernick’s body did not get that memo.

According to Brady, most of the year, he is a vegan. In the cold winter months, he adds some lean meat to his diet. A typical day’s menu this time of year might include a breakfast smoothie made with almond milk, a scoop of protein, seeds, nuts and a banana. For midmorning, he eats a homemade protein bar, sliced up chicken breast on a salad with whole grains and legumes for lunch. In the evening, he drinks a second smoothie as a snack and a dinner of quinoa with greens.

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Unlike 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who had trouble maintaining his weight when he went vegan, Brady has had no problem maintaining lean mass. Guerrero says for the past several years, Brady has weighed 228 at the start of the season and dropped two to three pounds by the end. His body fat holds steady at about 10 percent.

Listening to such a strict diet it makes you want to say Brady is staying in top form the clean way but it is difficult to forget that he is a New England Patriot and a student of Bill Belichick.



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