Brady listed as top player over age 35


Brady listed as top player over age 35

Earlier this week, featured the best players under age 25. Rob Gronkowski, New England's super tight end, received a nod.

Another Patriot got honors as analyst Bucky Brooks examined the other end of the spectrum.

Tom Brady.

Brooks gave the quarterback top billing in a list of top five players 35 and older.

"It is safe to say that Brady remains the standard by which other quarterbacks are measured in the NFL. He is the quintessential winner at the position with three Super Bowl victories in an illustrious, 12-year career. While he could rest on his laurels at this point, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down, fresh off a 5,235-yard, 39-touchdown season.

"As a pinpoint passer with exceptional accuracy, anticipation and timing, Brady defeats opponents with a surgeon's precision. He relentlessly attacks the middle of the field with a host of short and intermediate throws between the hashes and occasionally drops a bomb outside the numbers to keep defenders honest.

"Brady's superb passing skills are only surpassed by his remarkable poise under pressure. With 35 game-winning drives and 25 fourth-quarter comebacks, including two late-game, come-from-behind wins in 2011, it is hard to find a better quarterback in the NFL than Brady, regardless of age."

Long-time rival Peyton Manning was given merely an "honorable mention." Brooks credited Manning's neck surgeries as reason for being omitted.