I’ve been to enough high school reunions to have surmised that everybody has a peak. The super-attractive center of attention every guy lusted after can show up 20 years later as a dumpy hausfrau way past her prime. The tomboy no one paid attention to can be the MILF no one can take their eyes off at your 25th. And the C student sports nerd who spent his time arguing trivia and looking for someone with a fake ID who could buy beer for him and his buddies can grow up to become a ruggedly handsome and universally beloved blogger and sports radio host. You never know at what time of your life that peak will come.
With the exception of Tom Brady. His whole adult life has been one long, continuous peak. I mean, look at this GIF. It’s uncanny. No matter how much he changes, he still looks great.
You’d think he might age the way presidents do. Where the stress of the job takes its toll and at the end of their term you look back at their inaugural and it’s like he’s aged 10 years for every one he’s been in office. But not Brady. All the punishment, the travel, the responsibility and time spent trapped in the media bubble hasn’t affected him at all.
If anything, you can see the moments of triumph in his eyes. The championships. Finding a supermodel wife. Having kids. The other championships. He reached a high level of good looks at a young age, leveled off and maintained. And it’s amazing.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me because I need to get back to work. I think four hours of staring at this is just about enough.