It took him 265 games, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has finally eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards.
“I’m not going to save the ball,” Brady said after New England’s 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon. “I don’t know where it went.”
In the first quarter of Sunday’s game, Brady scrambled for five yards on 3rd-and-3 to convert for the first down and the milestone. The 41-year-old — who entered the season 32 shy of the benchmark — had been slowly chipping away at the goal throughout his 19-year NFL career.
“Hopefully, I don’t go backwards next week,” he said. “It was good to get the win — that’s what I’m most excited about. Happy we won [and are] 9-3.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 2, 2018
Asked about the accomplishment, a seemingly indifferent coach Bill Belichick didn’t skip a beat in his postgame press conference.
“Yeah, it’s really important to us,” he deadpanned. “It’s great.”
BLASÉ BILL: Here was Bill Belichick’s response to @MikeReiss’s question about significance of Tom Brady (finally) reaching 1,000 yards career rushing. “Yeah, that’s really important to us. It’s great.” pic.twitter.com/oTBT7LeZ0s
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) December 3, 2018
Throughout the season, Brady has been tracking his progress on social media with the hashtag, “TB1K.” Prior to New England’s Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, he teased the impending achievement with a video splicing together a scene from the 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises” and previous notable rushes, including his juke of Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher in 2006 and his six-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter of the “Tuck Rule” game in 2002. The montage opened with a clip from Brady’s 5.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2000 NFL Scouting Combine.