Tom Brady turns 42 on Saturday, and while he’s proving age is just a number, teammate Matthew Slater thinks everyone should “appreciate” what the Patriots quarterback has accomplished so far in his career.
“We live in a world where we get so caught up in comparisons, and the next guy, and ‘Who’s gonna be this?’ and ‘Who’s doing that.?’ Let’s just enjoy what he’s doing,” Slater said at training camp on Friday. “For him to be 42 years old and still playing high-level football, that’s something everyone should be able to appreciate, Patriots fans or not. I certainly appreciate it. I’ve enjoyed my time with him. He’s a tremendous competitor, he’s a better friend. Let’s keep it going.”
Slater even joked that Brady is his own version of Benjamin Button, the fictional-character that gets younger as he ages: “Benjamin Button. 42 is the new 25, that’s what I told him today.”
When asked if he got Brady a birthday gift, Slater joked, “He didn’t get a present from me. I can’t afford a present.” Slater did however give Brady a hug during practice:
Tom Brady gets a pre-birthday hug from Matthew Slater as Day 8 of #Patriots training camp gets underway. Brady turns 42 Saturday but the team isn’t practicing. Patriots won’t practice in Foxborough again for at least a week. pic.twitter.com/Uhukvt7UvP
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) August 2, 2019