Patriots' Tom Brady Passes Peyton Manning as Oldest QB to Ever Win a Super Bowl

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2019

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Another Super Bowl, another record-setting night for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

With a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Brady (41 years, six months) became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl in NFL history, per Action Network's Darren Rovell. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (39 years, 10 months, 14 days) previously held the record after winning Super Bowl 50 back in 2016.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Brady and Bill Belichick (66 years old) became the oldest quarterback-coach combination in Super Bowl history. Belichick also became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.

Sunday's victory also gave Brady six career Super Bowl championships, pushing him past former San Francisco 49er and Dallas Cowboy Charles Haley for the most in NFL history. This latest title comes 17 years to the day of his first one, which, fittingly, also came against the Rams.

And when it comes to the Super Bowl, Brady has practically rewritten the record book:

  • Most appearances by a player (nine)
  • Most victories by a player (six)
  • Most Super Bowl MVP awards (four)
  • Single-game completions (43 vs. Falcons in Super Bowl LI)
  • Career completions (256)
  • Single-game passing attempts (62 vs. Falcons in Super Bowl LI)
  • Career passing attempts (392)
  • Single-game passing yards (505 vs. Eagles in Super Bowl LII)
  • Career passing yards (2,838)
  • Career touchdown passes (18)

Sunday marked just the latest chapter of an incredible legacy.

It was hardly a vintage Brady performance, though, as the Patriots star threw for just 262 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. This comes one year after he set the Super Bowl record with 505 yards while putting up 33 points in a loss to the Eagles. 

While Brady's individual numbers were much gaudier last year, he will undoubtedly be more pleased with this year's game—even if it is the lowest-scoring Super Bowl (16 combined points) ever.

Brady made it clear to ESPN's Jeff Darlington last month that there was "zero" chance he would retire after this season. He echoed similar sentiments Sunday, telling CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson (h/t colleague Will Brinson) that the outcome of the game "doesn't change anything" and that he wants to play until he's 45.

In other words, he may not be done making history.

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