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Brady d. Father Time

By Mark Gaughan

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned 35 years old on Friday and used the occasion to reaffirm his intention to play football for a lot longer.

That's the bad news for fans of the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the AFC East. The good news: He's one day closer to age 36. No athlete ever has gone undefeated against Father TIme, although Brady is doing a fine job of holding him off.

“I want to play a long time,” Brady told reporters at Pats camp. “I think the reality is we’re focused on this year and there’s no season other than this season that I’m worried about. We’ve got our work cut out for us — it will be a huge challenge.”

It was pointed out to Brady that Vinny Testaverde played behind him at age 42 in 2006, and Doug Flutie played behind him at age 43 in 2005.

"I'm a long ways from 42," Brady said. "Hopefully, I'm still talking to you guys when I'm 42."

Bills fans can only hope the big guy with the long white beard and the hourglass sand clock in his hand makes his presence felt before Brady turns 42 ... in 2019.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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