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Miami Dolphins corner back Cortland Finnegan thinks Tom Brady won't be able to play into his 40s, saying Brady needs to "wake up."

Per Ricky Doyle of NESN.com:

“He’s asleep,” Finnegan recently told The Palm Beach Post. “Tell him to wake up from whatever dream he is in.

“He can probably do it mentally, but physically, as the game evolves and gets faster and the guys at the defensive end position get bigger, it’s going to be tough. I don’t know that he’ll be able to recover as fast.”

Finnegan may have a point that Brady may not want to or may not even be able to take the abuse he takes now. That being said, this is a guy who just saw his team get trounced by Brady and Co. not even a week ago, so he could just still be upset from the loss.
"He was born in a manger, I’ll say that much. But I’m not sure at age 40 he wants to take a blind-side hit and get back up.”
Finnegan did give Brady his due, saying that Brady is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game, so maybe his comments aren't as harsh sounding as they seem.

Brady is 37, and his current contract will take him all the way up to 2017, when he will be 40. At the rate he's going, there isn't much reason to believe his production will slow down much in the next couple of years due to his conditioning and diet, but he could also be one (God forbid) injury away from hanging it up.

Maybe Finnegan is just sick of seeing Brady twice a year. Who could blame him?

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Jesse Gaunce 12/18/2014 04:42:00 PM Edit
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