Brady jokes about the rushing milestone he needs to hit before retirement


For players around the league, the NFL offseason is the unofficial time for social media workout videos.

Everyone from Odell Beckham Jr. to Adrian Peterson, and even Johnny Manziel, takes to Instagram to show the world just how hard they are training to either stay at the top of their game or to get back into the league.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may be outside of the millennial age bracket of the above athletes, but the soon-to-be 41-year-old has also taken to Instagram to show off his offseason training regimen.

While many would likely expect Brady to post a video of him throwing a football, he instead showed off his running skills on a beach.

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Nearly as interesting as the video of Brady running is what he wrote in the caption.

“Ok so the main reason I’m still playing is I haven’t hit 1,000 career rushing yards yet… 32 to go,” he said.

Brady doesn’t seem like someone who counts his stats, but he is well aware that he sits at 968 career rushing yards and needs 32 to reach 1,000.

He rushed for 28 yards last season, so he clearly needs to step his game up if he wants to reach the 1,000 yard plateau in 2018.

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If he does reach the milestone, then he will become the 70th quarterback since the NFL-AFL the merger to rush for 1,000 yards in his career. But he would also be the first signal-caller to rush for 1,000 yards and win five Super Bowl rings.

Brady also included several hashtags in his post in which he called out various NFL players, including Peterson, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Von Miller.

But the hashtag that Patriot fans are sure to take notice of is #qbsneakon3rdand1, because they know how efficient Brady is in those situations.

He’s averaged 1.7 yards per carry in his career, and though he may not have the athleticism of Wilson or Rodgers, he knows where to find the soft spot in his offensive line to get a yard or two when necessary.

There is, perhaps, another reason why Brady is working on his sprinting, and it has nothing to do with a quarterback sneak:

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Playing against the Eagles in February, Brady had one of the most infamous drops in Super Bowl history, and he surely could have used some extra juice in those legs to get under the ball.

The work you put in during May could manifest itself come February, and Brady is hoping he gets another chance come Super Bowl LIII.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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