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Warren Moon thinks Tom Brady can play longer than he did

Ryan Hannable
June 18, 2017 - 11:20 pm

Former NFL quarterback Warren Moon is one of the few players to play into his 40s and actually have some success.

The former Houston, Minnesota, Kansas City and Seattle quarterback played until he was 44 years old and actually had a solid season in 1997 when he was 41 with the Seahawks, as he threw for over 3,500 yards passing and 25 touchdowns.

Moon might be the best comparison for Tom Brady when it comes to a quarterback who continued to play well despite aging into their 40s.

Speaking to WEEI at the Red Sox-Astros game Saturday night, Moon believes Brady can play into his mid-40s like he says.

"I really do," he said. "I think the big thing is taking care of yourself, and he does that as well as anybody. We all know about his diet. We know about how he trains in the offseason. The way he takes care of his arm. And if you can stay away from any major injuries. That's the key for guys as they get older. When you get a little bit older and you get an injury it doesn't heal as fast as it did when you're back in your late 20's or early 30's. Staying away from any major injuries or nagging injuries, I think that is going to allow him to play. Because of the type of offense he's in he doesn't take a lot of punishment because the ball is gone, so he doesn't have to sit back and take a lot of pounding. I think a lot of it is how he takes care of himself, staying away from injury and how motivated he is to keep playing."

After playing three games in two years with the Chiefs, Moon finally called it a career after 17 years in the NFL at the age of 44.

"I was a little amazed I was still playing I was when I was 40," Moon said. "I just took it a year at a time at that time. I didn't put a ceiling on it. I didn't put any type of floor on it, either. I just felt like I would play every year and see how I feel at the end of the season, and see if I want to train in the offseason because that's really where you put the work in to play the game. As you get older you have to train a little harder to get yourself back in shape."

It is still very impressive Moon played as long as he did, but he noted players today have it easier as they know how to take care of their bodies for longer periods of time.

"I think these guys know so much more about their bodies than we did when I played as far as the training regimen they go through, the diet they eat now," Moon said. "We know so much more about the foods you stay away for, and the foods you can eat that's good for your body. If you can stay on top of it, which he does, I think that's going to allow him to play as long as he wants.​"

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