Tom Brady finally reaches 1,000 career rushing yards

It took 265 games.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady looks on before the game against the Green Bay Packers. –Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

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.”

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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.”

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.

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