In February, Tom Brady became the second-oldest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl as he steered the New England Patriots to the greatest NFL posteason comeback of all time to shock the Atlanta Falcons.
At 39, he was mere months younger than Peyton Manning was when his Denver Broncos upended the Carolina Panthers in the big game a year earlier.
But according to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brady doesn't just have a chance to break Manning's mark, he'll have an opportunity to shatter it—because he'll be playing until he's 45 or 46.
"As recently as two to three days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play six to seven more years and at the level he performed," Kraft said on Monday. "There's no one that would be happier than I, and our fan base."
Brady showed no signs of slowing down in 2016. After his four-game suspension stemming from the Deflategate controversy, Brady lit the league aflame to the tune of 28 touchdowns, just two interceptions, a completion percentage of 67.4, and 3,554 passing yards in just 12 games.
"I think Tommy's sustained excellence is just unbelievable," Kraft said. "It's a lifestyle. He's in training now, it's not like he's stopped.
"I remember after our first Super Bowl in '01, going down in the training room in the old Foxboro Stadium, three days after we won, he's in there with the music blaring working out. He's really dedicated. The thing that's amazing about him, to this day he hasn't changed as a human being in how he relates to people, but also how he works out. The only thing that's probably changed is how he eats and his diet. I'm not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well, I guess I'd do it."
Brady's extreme diet measures play a large part in his fitness regimen.
"No white sugar. No white flour. No MSG," Brady and Gisele's chef, Allen Campbell, said of their diet. "I'll use raw olive oil, but I never cook with olive oil. I only cook with coconut oil. Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats. … I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.
"[Brady] doesn't eat nightshades, because they're not anti-inflammatory. So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I'm very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation."
Many scientists, however, dispute the efficacy of Brady's strict eating habits.