Football fans weren’t the only ones overwhelmed by the rookie takeover to kick off 2021 NFL season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers strategist Tom brady felt nostalgic when he watched all of the sophomore and freshman quarterbacks that took the field last week, suggesting that like many of the greats he followed, he would soon be forgotten, too.
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“I don’t remember playing so many rookies,” he said in his “Let’s Go!” podcast Monday. “Even the sophomores. Tua [Tagovailoa], [Justin] Herbert, [Joe] Terrier, Trevor Lawrence. [Justin] The fields played a bit. Trey Lance played a bit. Zach Wilson is playing. Mac Jones is playing. That’s a lot of young quarterbacks. “
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He continued, “Gone are the days of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning. You know, these are the guys I used to hear about.… I’ll be forgotten here soon. I’ll move on. to something else. and they’ll be on someone else, but that’s the way football is, just like life. “
It seems far-fetched to think that anyone could forget the legacy Brady will leave behind, but he’s right about how young the quarterback is this season.
According to NFL.comSunday was only the second time since 1970 that three rookies started: Lawrence, Wilson and Jones. All three lost their Week 1 games but are expected to play for their respective teams for a long time.
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Fields and Lance also made appearances in addition to six other flaggers from the 2019 and 2020 Draft.
Some of the more “veteran” players included Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold – all of whom were drafted in 2018.
Brady himself has defied the odds, playing his 22nd NFL season at 44 and showing no signs of slowing down. He’ll face fellow veterinarian Matt Ryan when the Bucs face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but Brady will have the chance to play the rookies when he returns to New England in Week 4.