Yesterday, Tom Brady officially retired from the NFL for a second time.
Brady holds many records for quarterbacks, including passing yards, touchdowns, wins, and the list continues.
After announcing his retirement yesterday, one of the NFL’s best running backs of all time decided to highlight a statistical category that Brady did not dominate.
We all hail the incredible career of @TomBrady – his 1,123 career rushing yards are truly amazing. Seriously congrats on 1 of the greatest pro sports careers ever. Wishing you & your family everything you dream of in retirement. @nfl @NFLPA @Patriots @Buccaneers pic.twitter.com/Q5pjQqAYHq
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) February 1, 2023
As Barry Sanders points out, Brady finished his career with 1,123 rushing yards, averaging just 48 yards per season.
Brady was well-known for his passing prowess, and even early on in his career, his established pocket presence didn’t lend itself to rushing the ball much.
The NFL has changed significantly since Brady entered the league.
Gone away are the serial pocket passers like Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees.
Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Jalen Hurts are just four representatives of the “new age” for quarterbacks.
Just for more context, Hurts and Daniel Jones combined for 1,468 rushing yards this season alone, which is more than Brady’s entire career.
By himself, Justin Fields broke Brady’s career record in one season, rushing for 1,143 yards.
The good news for Brady is that he was able to win seven Super Bowls despite his lack of rushing abilities.
Will there ever be another quarterback that rushes as little as Brady did?
Maybe there will be another shift to a more pocket-friendly style of quarterback.
For now, it looks like rushing will stay as a big part of the quarterback position.
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