NFL and MLB coach Tom House advised New England Patriots Bill Belichick NOT to trade 36-year-old Tom Brady, as he insisted that the star quarterback would continue to play until he was 45 as long as he focused on four principles: ” And here we are’
- Tom House Told Bill Belichick To Keep Quarterback Tom Brady In Older Years
- Throwing expert said focus on nutrition, strength, biomechanics and mental and emotional engagement would allow a quarterback to play well into his 40s
- Belichick didn’t trade Brady and the pair won three more Super Bowl titles
Tom Brady’s decision on his retirement could all be thanks to a coach he turned on halfway through his career.
Speaking to Rich Eisen, MLB and NFL pitching coach Tom House once mentioned advising Bill Belichick to keep Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.
House is a former MLB pitcher turned coach who most famously worked with Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers.
He has also worked with NFL quarterbacks such as Brady, Drew Brees, Mac Jones, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck and Dak Prescott.
On the Rich Eisen Show, Tom House said he advised Bill Belichick not to trade Tom Brady
“If you follow four basic principles — biomechanics, functional strength, mental and emotional management, and nutrition and sleep for recovery — there’s no reason an athlete at 45 can’t do what he did at 25.” said House.
“And we proved that with the Texas Rangers and six of the ten pitchers I threw in that period, in their mid-40s.
‘By the time I got to Tom Brady… who walked by [Bill] Belichick’s office, one time when we were on the field playing soccer, Belichick called us in and said, “Okay, tell me why I shouldn’t trade Tom Brady.” And right now, I think Brady was 37, 36.
At 37, Brady led New England Patriots to a fourth Super Bowl title over the Seahawks
And I just said, ‘Well, Bill, the research shows that if Tom does what he’s supposed to do—all those four things I just mentioned that he does with the T—there’s no reason he shouldn’t be playing until he’s 45. “And here we are.”
Brady’s seasons at 36 and 37 ended with a loss in the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos, followed by a Super Bowl XLIX title against the Seattle Seahawks.
Belichick never traded Brady – the pair won three titles when Brady was 37, 39 and 41 years old. The best quarterback of all time then left for Tampa Bay in free agency, where he promptly won another title.
House told Belichick that new tests have shown that a QB can continue to produce until age 45
After being asked again, House confirmed that Belichick was asking him about a trade.
“In my generation, you were ready as a pitcher at age 32, 33. We proved that wasn’t true because of what we did to the Rangers. And the carryover was that when we got into football, I think… there were only two quarterbacks who were productive even into their 40s,” he added.
“So we took what we learned in baseball to the quarterbacks. Quarterbacks are a lot easier to work with than pitchers, by the way.
“I think they just have to be because of the amount of information they have to process in the time frame in which they have to do it. They’re faster thinkers than most pitchers, and if you’re a faster thinker, you’re usually a faster learner.’