The sixth-round draft pick won seven Super Bowls, three Most Valuable Player awards, and five Super Bowl MVP trophies.
At age 44, the California native is showing no signs of slowing down.
But despite the discipline and a rigid health regimen, Father Time is around the corner for Brady.
He did signify his intention to play until he’s 45 years old and he’s on pace to accomplish his goal.
However, no one knows how long he is still going to play.
Even if his journey has not ended, a young crop of quarterbacks is dazzling fans just like him.
They may not surpass what Brady achieved, but they will be taking over the mantle from Tom Terrific.
Criteria For The Next Tom Brady
As much as possible, the heir apparent must have some level of individual and team success.
Ideally, he is younger than 30 years old and is a reliable pocket passer.
8 MVPs, 9 Super Bowl Titles, 🐐 🐐
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) August 8, 2021
Why the last qualification?
Because that’s how Brady thrived throughout his legendary career.
That said, here’s who can likely be the next Brady.
The former University of Wyoming standout got paid, big time.
Josh Allen signed a six-year, $258 million extension with the Buffalo Bills, $150 million of it is guaranteed.
Add that to the remaining two years of his rookie contract and he will be the Bills Mafia don for eight years.
It’s a well-deserved contract for someone who wrote to college teams in hopes of landing a scholarship.
After high school, Josh Allen had ZERO scholarship offers.
After JUCO, he sent this email to over 1,000 college coaches. He received ONE offer from Wyoming.
Today, he signed an extension worth $258 Million. pic.twitter.com/1L1tAjvshg
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) August 6, 2021
He led the Bills to a 13-3 record last season and their first division title in 25 years.
Furthermore, the Bills reached the AFC Championship Game but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.
He will be just 25 years old in the 2021 NFL season, but he’s already one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
He just fell short of a Super Bowl stint, but it won’t be long before he reaches the big dance because he is that talented.
He’s on his way to being Brady’s successor.
Patrick Mahomes already has a Super Bowl title, a league MVP, and a Super Bowl MVP in his trophy case.
He’s a big reason why the Chiefs will remain title contenders for a while.
So much so that the organization granted him a 10-year, $450 million contract extension.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 9, 2021
But while he owns the richest deal in sports, he will still be playing under his rookie contract next season.
He is in complete command of the Chiefs offense, and his arm strength isn’t suspect.
However, he will benefit the most with a revamped offensive line.
He can do more damage as long as he’s inside the pocket.
More often than not, he will make defenses pay when he has time to throw.
The more that happens, the higher the chances of him leading the Chiefs to more Super Bowl wins.NEXT: Steelers Could Be Poised For Losing Season In 2021