Tom Brady Outruns Younger Self From 2000 NFL Combine
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 31: Tom Brady attends the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of Paramount Pictures' "80 For Brady" at Regency Village Theatre on January 31, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Forty-six-year-old NFL quarterback Tom Brady beat the time he previously set on a 40-yard dash as a 22-year-old at the 2000 NFL Combine.

Brady said in a clip posted to social media that he wanted to see if he could “level-up” from when he ran the dash in 5.28 seconds in 2000.

The clip starts out showing Brady on one end of a field with two other people at the other holding stopwatches.

The former NFL QB then re-runs the 40 and it turned out he’s faster now. One person said he ran it in 5.18 seconds, the other said it was more like 5.12 seconds.

The NFL decided to put together a video showing the older and younger Brady running side by side with his new time. At first, the young NFL hopeful is faster in the video, but in a short amount of time the older NFL star pulls ahead and never loses ground.

At the end of Brady’s video, his business partner Mike Repole joked that if he had been that fast 24 years ago the QB might’ve gotten “drafted in the third round” instead of being picked by the New England Patriots in the 199th spot overall that year, TMZ noted.

Despite not being picked first, Brady’s NFL career is one for the history books after taking the Patriots to six Super Bowl wins. He then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2020 and that season took the team to a Super Bowl victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, CBS Sports reported.

Brady owns three NFL MVP awards on top of his Super Bowl rings and will be inducted into the NFL Football Hall of Fame in 2028.


In February 2023, Brady announced his retirement in a now-viral video on Instagram. Days later, he officially filed his retirement papers.

In the social media post, he first thanked fans and everyone who helped him along the way, before he explained that he was retiring for good from the NFL after 23 seasons in the league following numerous trips to the Super Bowl and 15 Pro Bowl appearances.

“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” Brady said, noting his previous retirement announcement on February 1, 2022, before changing his mind.

In 2022, Brady made headlines when he announced he was finally walking away from professional football. But 40 days later he reversed that decision and returned to play with the Bucs for another season.

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