Tom Brady might break an NFL record that didn't seem possible to break

Whenever Tom Brady decides to call it quits, there’s a good <a href=""> chance he’ll retire as the NFL’s all-time leader in pretty much every major passing category.

At the rate he’s going, there’s a good chance that Brady will break Brett Favre’s record for most career completions (6,300), and Peyton Manning’s records for career passing yards (71,940) and touchdown passes (539). However, there is one record that won’t be so easy to break, and that’s because Brady is going to have to fend off Father Time <a href=""> if he’s going to break it.

The record we’re talking about here is the NFL record for oldest player to ever make a start at quarterback, which currently belongs to Steve Deberg, who was 44 years and 279 days old when he made a start for the Atlanta Falcons in 1998.

Although DeBerg was horrible in the game -- he finished 9 of 20 for 117 yards along with one interception and no touchdowns -- he did etch his name into NFL history by becoming the league’s oldest starting quarterback.

If Brady wants to break the record, it couldn’t happen until Week 1 of the 2022 season at the earliest, which means the Patriots quarterback would <a href=""> have to play at least six more seasons.
Just three years ago, the idea of a quarterback playing until he was 45 years old was borderline ridiculous. However, now it’s not so ridiculous to think about. As a matter of fact, with Brady, it’s so realistic that DeBerg actually thinks the Patriots quarterback is going to break his record.

“I think he would have to start a football game six seasons from <a href=""> now to break my record, and I actually think he’ll do it,” DeBerg told Sports Illustrated recently.

Brady probably agrees, and he’d probably also add that he <a href=""> plans on smashing the record. At the NFL’s annual league meeting in March, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Brady’s plan was to play five to seven more years .

If Brady plays seven more years, that means he’d be on the field starting for the Patriots in 2023 at the age of 46. If that happens, the NFL probably won’t have to worry about updating that portion of the record book ever again, because it’s highly unlikely anyone would ever top that.
If Brady lasts that long, he’ll probably be hoping that his final start goes better than DeBerg’s. Not only did the Falcons get smoked during DeBerg’s start -- a 28-3 loss to the Jets -- but it was one of only two losses the 14-2 Falcons suffered in 1998, a year that ended <a href=""> with a loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII.

2017 NFL mock draft: Miami Dolphins add Haason Reddick

It's been overlooked due to bigger names and bigger deals, but the Miami Dolphins have navigated the offseason smartly and aggressively. They re-signed wide receiver Kenny Stills and defensive end Andre Branch, traded for run-stopping defensive end <a href=""> William Hayes and tight end Julius Thomas, and signed inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

They're not without holes, though. They could use a good all-around linebacker, free safety is an issue, guard is unsettled, and they need some depth on the defensive line. In the SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft, Kevin Nogle from The Phinsider is here to start our day of picks on the defensive side of the ball.

22. Dolphins: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Nogle: This pick comes down to four options with the way the board fell. Miami either needs to pick up Haason Reddick at defensive end/linebacker, Jabrill Peppers as <a href=""> a nickel cornerback/safety, Zach Cunningham as a potential day-one starter at linebacker, or Forrest Lamp to solidify the offensive line. Any of those four players would fill a need, give Miami a great player, and should excite the fan base (yes, even a guard).

It now just becomes: who does the team grade as the top of those four?

Reddick is clearly an option, but I have concerns due to his size, where he is not the typical defensive end or linebacker. That said, he is outstanding versatility-wise and athletically. If Miami can turn him into a linebacker, he should be able to work in coverage and sideline-to-sideline. He needs to add strength to be able to either set the edge on the outside or play the run up the middle, but he probably is a day-one starter on the defense and one that could find immediate success as the Dolphins work to scheme him.

Peppers is my personal draft crush this year, and <a href=""> him sitting here on the board is definitely tempting. He could come in and immediately become the team’s nickel cornerback while he develops as a free safety to be paired with Reshad Jones’ strong safety play. Peppers also would give the team the punt/kick returner they need to replace Jarvis Landry in that role and push Jakeem Grant in those spots. If he adds more strength, the Dolphins could also look to move him into a tight end/running back coverage option from the linebacker position.

Lamp is the most common individual mocked to the Dolphins right now, and for good reason. This draft does not provide a lot of day-one starters on the offensive line, and Miami has a hole at guard. They could look to fill that with some combination of Anthony Steen, Ted Larsen, or Kraig Urbik, but drafting a rookie to come in and develop <a href=""> with the rest of the offensive line would be a great move to, potentially, solve the protection of Ryan Tannehill and lane opening for Jay Ajayi. He also gives Miami a potential reserve center in case injuries bite Mike Pouncey again.

Cunningham is intriguing, because there used to be discussions of whether he would be there for the Dolphins at 22, and now it seems he is falling further and further back in mock drafts. He has been compared to Kiko Alonso at times, which would be an interesting pairing since Alonso is with the Dolphins now. He is one of those players that you look at and see issues that need to be fixed, but then you look at his game as a whole and he just gets things done.

As the draft clock continues to tick down on me here, I am going to send in my card with Reddick on it. His ability to come in and start right away, filling an obvious need, as well as his ability to cover tight ends and his instincts to find the ball carrier, gives him the nod here — even as passing over Peppers seems wrong to me.

Analysis: Like some teams earlier in this mock, you have to wonder if a team like the Dolphins will see all the available players that fill a need and decide to trade back. They could find a trade partner that wants to get ahead of the Houston Texans in a couple picks to get a quarterback. Regardless, going with Reddick is a smart move. He adds a level of toughness the Dolphins don't have at linebacker, and gives them a player who can rush the passer. He's behind Cunningham in terms of coverage ability, but more advanced in other areas.

Chargers can find safety help outside the first round of NFL draft

The Los Angeles Chargers could use help at the safety position. While safeties <a href="">Dexter McCoil Jersey</a> Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams are intriguing prospects at No. 7 overall (if available), the Chargers could find a potential star on Day 2 or 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If you watched the Chargers play last season (and weren’t too busy downing alcohol), you could argue that safety was their only weakness on defense. Sure, they lack quality depth at the cornerback position, but at least they have two Pro Bowlers in Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward as their starters.

Dwight Lowery, who signed a three-year, $7.2 million deal ($1.5 million guaranteed) in the 2016 offseason, was Eric Weddle’s replacement. He wasn’t a <a href=""> complete liability in coverage, but the 31-year-old let up some big plays and played timid at times. He also went from picking off a career-high four passes in 2015 to intercepting just one ball last year.
On the other hand, 2013 undrafted free agent Jahleel Addae did well in his fourth year as a Charger. According to Pro Football Focus, Addae was the 12th-best safety who did a solid job against the run (led the secondary with an 85.5 run-defense grade and ranked 13th overall in that category among qualifying NFL safeties). Also, he only allowed a 56.8 passer rating when targeted, per PFF. Despite being an aggressive, hard-hitting safety, Addae missed eight games in 2016 due to a broken collarbone and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since his rookie year (2013). The 27-year-old will be back with the Chargers after being rewarded with a four-year deal.

Behind those two are Darrell Stuckey, a special teams ace, and a few former undrafted free agents in Adrian Phillips, Adrian McDonald and Dexter McCoil. Both Phillips and McCoil had their ups and downs while McDonald never saw the field. Of those three players, McCoil is a player to watch out for in 2017.

Only two great plays come to mind when thinking of the former CFL standout (picking off Texans’ Brock Osweiler on a Hail Mary attempt to seal the game in Houston and batting the ball down for the home win against the Broncos), but having a full year of NFL experience under his belt should build confidence going forward. McCoil also has the size (6-4, 220 pounds) that new DC Gus Bradley covets, and I believe Bradley will utilize the versatile hybrid to his strengths this season.

The Chargers should still look for a true free safety. Ohio State’s Malik Hooker has been mocked to the Chargers at No. 7 overall plenty of times over the past few months. Despite his Ed Reed-like potential (via draft experts), the Chargers should pass on the first-year starter (who is recovering from recent surgeries/might not even make it to the seventh pick) and try and trade back for extra picks or snag one of the top edge rushers. Washington’s Budda Baker or Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu would be excellent choices in the second round, but they might not be on the clock when the Chargers make their second pick.

That’s fine, because the safety class is so deep that they can still get a Day 1 playmaker in Rounds 2-4. That said, here are two prospects that would fit perfectly in the Chargers’ defensive scheme.

MARCUS WILLIAMS, UTAH: No, Utah’s Marcus Williams has <a href=""> no relations to current Jets cornerback Marcus Williams or former NBA player Marcus Williams (perhaps a new T.V series entitled “Meet the Williams” is in the making).

The Chargers want a ball-hawking, single-high safety for Bradley’s 4-3 scheme? Then look no further than Williams. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder totaled 10 interceptions over his last two seasons. In 2016, Williams graded out as PFF’s third-best safety in college football and led all FBS safeties in run-stop percentage. He finished with the second-highest tackle efficiency (three missed tackles) among FBS safeties, per PFF. In comparison, Hooker, who’s major flaw is tackling, led the Buckeyes’ defense with 14 missed tackles and ranked 136th in tackling efficiency.

But what Williams did in coverage was even more impressive, according to PFF’s Josh Liskiewitz.

“Possibly the most eye-popping stat on him this season was his 0.09 yards surrendered per coverage snap. This metric takes the total yardage a player allows into his coverage and divides it by the number of coverage snaps played, and is a way to gauge the efficiency of a player’s production in coverage.. Not surprisingly, Williams also led all qualifying FBS safeties (more than 100 coverage snaps played) in total yards allowed, with just 38.”
Williams shined at the NFL Scouting Combine, too. He ranked second behind Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu in the vertical jump with a spectacular 43.5-inch vertical. He was also one of the top performers in the broad jump (10-foot, 9-inch jump; third-best), 3-cone drill (6.85 time; fifth-best) and 60-yard shuttle (11.62 time; second-best). Despite his 4.56 40-yard dash (tied for ninth-best), Williams put up great numbers in important drills.

Williams is an athlete and football player. As a single-high safety (with double-high looks) at Utah, he showed off great range, solid instincts and was smooth in <a href=""> coverage. Not only does he have good awareness when the ball is in the air, he can also wrap up running backs and receivers.

Peter Schrager’s post-free agency 2017 NFL mock draft

We’re through the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl, the Combine, the first two waves of free agency and, now, several Pro Days. To cite Bill <a href="">Derek Watt Jersey</a> Belichick: “No Days Off.”

With a few more to come between now and draft weekend, here’s my second 2017 NFL mock draft. Dig in. Tune in to The Herd at 2:30 ET Tuesday for more.


Garrett is the unanimous top prospect in this draft class. The Browns are wealthy with draft picks (six of the top 65), but <a href=""> they shouldn’t get cute here. Take the best guy on the board. Garrett is the top prospect in this class and a franchise cornerstone.


I expect the 49ers, who signed many players to fiscally sound deals in free agency, to look at offers for the second overall pick. A talent-starved roster coming into this offseason, San Francisco could be willing to parlay the second pick into a bunch of others. But what if it keeps the choice?


I wouldn’t be surprised if the Niners went defensive line for the third straight year with their first-round selection. Thomas’s stock skyrocketed at the <a href=""> Combine, and he’s local with a loaded resume from Stanford. Tremendous kid, great family, and a heck of a franchise cornerstone up front for San Francisco. Thomas, DeForest Buckner, and Erik Armstead could make for a scary defensive line for years to come.


It’s not often you see a safety taken in the top three, but I think the Bears pluck the tone-setter out of Baton Rouge if the first two picks fall this way. Adams, whose father, George, played for the Giants in the 1980s, is a punishing hitter who roams the middle.


Adams was the rare bright spot in a forgettable 2016 LSU season. He is a defensive leader, a vocal guy and someone who can play right away. A scud missile from the safety spot, he can bring a toughness to the Chicago defensive backfield that’s been missing in recent years.


For the 11th straight year, the Jaguars “won” free agency with big-name signings in March. With all the additions, how they use the No. 4 pick will be awfully interesting. The Jaguars D was coming on toward the second half <a href=""> of last season, brings back just about everyone and added A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell to the mix. But I don’t think they’re done.


Allen is a man. And with Campbell at 31 years old, there’s a good mentor-student element to this. In a division with Marcus Mariota, Andrew Luck and mabye Tony Romo, you can never have enough big bodies up front. There are some minor concerns about Allen’s shoulder. Minor.


The 6-6 dynamo is my favorite tight end to enter the NFL Draft in years. Big body, can block and can move. Is top five too high? Have you seen the way Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are utilized in their teams’ game plans? Howard’s an absolute stud, and just because Tennessee has a few tight ends on the roster doesn’t mean it wouldn’t scoop him up this high.


The Jets take the first quarterback off the board. Trubisky had a solid Combine performance, silencing critics who thought he was sub-6-foot-2, and exhibited solid footwork and athleticism. The Jets aren’t rolling into the 2017 season with Christian <a href=""> Hackenberg, Josh McCown and Bryce Petty as their quarterbacks. If Trubisky is on the board, they grab him.


This is one of the most loaded defensive back drafts in years, and Los Angeles is a prime spot for one of the two highly rated Ohio State defensive backs. I like Hooker, the 6-foot-1, do-everything free safety with incredible ball skills.


There have been comparisons made to Ed Reed. In 2016, Hooker intercepted seven balls and broke up four others. The Chargers are quietly building one of the better young defenses in the league in terms of talent. I love their roster on that side of the ball. Hooker would be a fantastic addition.

LaDainian Tomlinson reveals what free agency is like, how Jets signed him

When the inevitable day came, LaDainian Tomlinson was not <a href="">LaDainian Tomlinson Authentic Jersey</a> caught off guard.

He knew the Chargers were going to release him following the 2009 season, so when it happened he was preparded for free agency. Recently, the Hall of Fame running back reflected on the process of finding a new team after spending nine years in San Diego.

“He (Dean Spanos) asked me to come in and talk to him, you know, as soon as I could,” Tomlinson told “I think I rushed right down to the complex because I knew what was about to happen.”

Tomlinson would go on the sign with the Jets, but an NFC team made a <a href=""> strong push for the veteran halfback.

Tomlinson was quickly courted with meals, limousines, and much more by the Minnesota Vikings, who wanted to pair LT with Adrian Peterson.

The NFC Championship appearence of the prior year combined with the allure of teaming up with Peterson was huge, yet there was a bigger factor for Tomlinson still in the works.

“I remember before I made my decision, talking to Brett Favre, trying to get it out of him,” Tomlinson recalled, refering to the quarterback’s hesitation to play another year. “I remember him saying, ‘Uhh, LT I don’t know. I’m just not sure if I wanna play anymore.'”

So when the Jets came at <a href=""> Tomlinson with a convincing family-oriented approach, his wife nearly made the decision for him.

“So my wife was pregnant at the time and what the Jets did, they had this baby basket like with onesies and Jets’ footballs and all <a href=""> kinds of stuff for a baby,” Tomlinson said. “And my wife seen that, it was over. We were going to New York.”

The rest was easy for Tomlinson, who wanted nothing more than to be on the field again.

“After free agency, you’re exhausted,” Tomlinson said. “You just <a href=""> want to sign with a team and start to play football again.”

Cosa ci possono insegnare le ultime scarpe da corsa della Nike sul futuro dello sport

Le Vaporfly Elite mirano ad abbattere la <a href="">nike air max cheap</a> soglia delle due ore nella maratona — ma fin dove potrà spingersi la tecnica a migliorare le prestazioni atletiche?


La Nike ha da poco annunciato le Vaporfly Elite, il <a href="">scarpe air max ummo</a> nuovo prototipo di scarpa da corsa per maratoneti. Il modello non sarà messo in vendita o prodotto su larga scala perché progettato esclusivamente per Zersenay Tadese, world record nella mezza maratona, Lelisa Desisa, vincitore di due maratone di Boston e Eliud Kipchoge, medaglia d’oro alle Olimpiadi di Rio. Sebbene ancora lontane dalla vendita al grande pubblico, la tecnologia alla base della progettazione e le aspettative riposte sul miglioramento delle prestazioni degli atleti possono dirci molto sul futuro dell’agonismo.


Le Vaporfly Elite non hanno un bell’aspetto, almeno per tutti coloro che sono abituati alle scarpe più appariscenti della Nike. La loro forma sproporzionata e poco lineare salta subito all’occhio, ma la scelta estetica non è altro che il risultato di una calcolata somma di fattori mirata a un unico obiettivo: completare una maratona entro le due ore — poco importa se le scarpe non siano belle in senso classico.


Secondo Tony Bignell – vice presidente del reparto footwear innovation della Nike – le Vaporfly Elite sono la soluzione per abbattere il muro delle due ore, rimasto intatto dal lontano 1906 quando il canadese Billy Sherring scese per la prima volta sotto le tre ore. Le speranze di Bignell ruotano intorno a tre fattori: il peso, in grado di <a href=""> ridurre l’energia nel sollevare il piede dal suolo; l’ammortizzazione, per supportare le ossa e i muscoli; e la propulsione per aumentare la velocità del corridore. Negli anni la ricerca si è interrogata intorno a queste tre semplici variabili, capaci di modificare sensibilmente le prestazioni di un atleta.


I tre corridori testeranno questa primavera i nuovi modelli durante il Breaking2 project, una simulazione di una maratona presso l’autodromo di Monza. Gli organizzatori mettono l’accento sulle capacità della scienza di portare l’uomo ad una <a href=""> condizione che solo 50 anni fa sembrava impossibile. “È una di quelle grandi barriere del potenziale umano” afferma Bignell, “siamo arrivati ad un punto in cui sembra che ci siano le giuste scoperte scientifiche”, continua Matthew Nurse, responsabile di Nike Sports Research Lab.


Ma tutta questa concentrazione sulle innovazioni tecniche spinge a porci una domanda: è sempre l’uomo al centro dell’attività sportiva? O la scienza sta lentamente prendendo il posto della natura?


Sono passati 57 anni dalle Olimpiadi di Roma, la cui maratona fu affrontata e vinta interamente senza scarpe da Abebe Bikila. Il suo gesto, passato alla storia, era allora carico di un senso politico nei confronti dell’oppressione occidentale sull’Africa, ma dimostrò comunque il potere della forza di volontà nel superare i limiti fisici del corpo umano. La fine del flower power però lasciò il posto a figure come Bill Bowerman – fondatore della Nike – sinceramente amante della corsa, ma convinto che la scienza e lo studio delle nuove tecnologie applicate allo sport potessero aiutare l’uomo a spingersi oltre i propri limiti. “Dio determina quanto correrai veloce, io posso aiutare solo con la meccanica” amava ripetere.


A partire dagli anni Settanta, lo sport ha cercato di infondere sempre più spettacolo all’interno delle performance degli atleti. Spesso è l’atleta ha contribuire allo spettacolo agonistico, ma sempre di più ci si confronta anche con la realtà del doping all’interno degli eventi sportivi — come è accaduto alle ultime Olimpiadi con lo scandalo russo. I margini di miglioramento per l’essere umano si assottigliano, mentre le <a href=""> soluzioni per pompare le prestazioni aumentano esponenzialmente. Rifiutare o abbracciare questo inevitabile cambiamento?


All’inizio del 2016 la Delaware North – concessionaria sportiva americana – ha rilasciato un documento di 50 pagine dal titolo The Future of Sports. Al suo interno vengono esposte le maggiori previsioni sul settore agonistico divise attraverso punti cardine come atleti, stadi, rappresentazione, pubblico, e il futuro ne risulta spacchettato in previsioni da 1-5, 5-10 e 10-25 anni.

Bolzano, lo sport pronto a lasciare il Talvera

BOLZANO. Lo sport al Talvera potrebbe “chiudere”. Niente più calcio <a href="">scarpe air max ummo</a> per Virtus Bolzano e Bozner. Sparizione completa di baseball e softball dal panorama cittadino. È lo scenario peggiore di un braccio di ferro in corso tra associazioni sportive e Comune. L’amministrazione, infatti, ha deciso di modificare la gestione della manutenzione degli impianti. Fino ad oggi ogni singolo campo veniva affidato ad una società ma dai prossimi mesi tutte le strutture saranno accorpate in un bando unico. Prima ogni associazione riceveva un contributo per le spese di servizio, ora chi vincerà la gara si porterà a casa almeno 170.000 euro (base d’asta al ribasso) per tutto.
«È un cambiamento che innesca un terremoto - spiega Robert <a href="">air max donna</a> Oberrauch, presidente di Virtus Bolzano - perché già adesso il contributo non è sufficiente a coprire le spese. La luce, l’acqua e la manutenzione di un campo hanno costi pazzeschi. Noi riceviamo ogni anno circa 70.000 euro e arriviamo a versarne 100 mila. In tutto abbiamo calcolato che l’amministrazione spenda per gli impianti del Talvera 250.000 euro l’anno. Ora, però, la base del bando unico è poco più della metà. Le spese diventerebbero eccessive e non abbiamo nessuna intenzione di chiedere 200-350 euro alle famiglie che già faticano. Con questo scenario chiudiamo». Concorde il collega del Bozner Helmuth Stuppner: «Nessuno mi ordina di fare calcio. Mi <a href=""> diverto e lo faccio per i giovani ma io non punto al business. Che senso ha inserire anche la gestione del bar nel bando? Noi non possiamo mirare a fare degli utili. Il nostro compito sociale è un altro. Stiamo valutando con le altre società la costituzione di un’Ati (Associazione Temporanea d’imprese, ndr) per vincere il bando ma io deciderò insieme al mio direttivo. L’appalto è di nove anni: un’eternità per un’associazione sportiva. Come faccio a impegnare la mia società economicamente per tanto tempo?». Nell’Ati comparirebbero anche baseball e softball con <a href=""> il diamante. «Riusciamo a sopravvivere grazie al contributo dei volontari» chiarisce il presidente di Bolzano Baseball Mauro Belliero. «Ipotizziamo che una cooperativa vinca il bando e decida di guadagnarci qualcosa affittando i campi: come potremmo pensare di far fronte a quei <a href=""> costi?». «Siamo gli unici a proporre ai ragazzi questo sport - gli fa eco la presidente del Softball Club Dolomiti Fiorella Cargnel -ma con questa scelta dell’amministrazione siamo destinati a sparire. La manutenzione di un campo in terra ed erba, con moltissime partite in notturna, ha costi molto pesanti. Andare incontro ad una contrazione dei contributi significa impedirci di pianificare qualsiasi tipo di attività».
A spiegare le intenzioni del Comune è l’assessore comunale allo sport Angelo Gennaccaro. «I margini per risparmiare ci sono. Anzichè quattro trattori, per esempio, le società ne avranno uno. Dobbiamo uscire dalla logica che il campo sia solo di un’associazione. Possiamo riuscirci solo coinvolgendo tutti. Il nostro obiettivo è creare un solo organismo di gestione. Sarebbe un successo». «Entro il mese - chiude l’assessore al patrimonio Sandro Repetto che ha anche gestito per dieci anni la società calcistica Stella Azzurra - ci saranno le manifestazioni d’interesse. Il bando può essere modificato ascoltando le società e le <a href=""> loro esigenze. Questo allarme è esagerato».