TOM Brady’s battle against Father Time may have finally beaten him.
That’s according to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King, who recently described the seven-time Super Bowl champion as “a shell of himself.”
Speaking to Compare.bet, King asked: “Why is everyone beating around the bush?
“Tom Brady is the most accomplished professional quarterback we’ve ever seen, and nobody in modern football gets to ten Super Bowls, and they certainly don’t win seven.
“Despite that, you should still be honest about who he is now. He’s a shell of himself. Especially when he’s under pressure.”
King’s somewhat stark assessment of Brady’s recent play follows his first losing season since taking over for the New England Patriots in 2001.
The Buccaneers went 8-9, winning the NFC South before falling at the first playoff hurdle with a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round.
In his 23rd season in the NFL, Brady threw for 4,694 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
His 9.6 yards per completion were the lowest of his career, as was his touchdown percentage at just 3.4 and his total of -1 rushing yards this season.
King said: “Yeah, in spurts he can still throw a few shots, and, yeah, every couple of games he can have a fourth quarter that reminds you of how great he was.
“But from start to finish it’s not the same player. The age is unbeaten.
“If you watch Tom Brady play, when he’s under pressure and under duress, he’s completely out of whack. That’s just the reality.”
These comments came the same day Brady boiled during his Let’s Go! podcast with Jim Gray.
When asked if he had made a decision about his future, he replied: “If I knew what I was going to do, I would have done it already.
“I take it one day at a time.”
Brady is expected to enter free agency this offseason after three years with the Buccaneers.
Whether or not he chooses to stay in the NFL and claim an eighth Lombardi Trophy remains a mystery, but if not, a 10-year, $375 million deal could be waiting for him to transition to broadcasting as an analyst for Fox Sports. .