Tom Brady Stays Humble After Reaching 1K Rushing Yards

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady owns five Super Bowl rings, three MVP awards and a bundle of records that will never be broken.

But entering Sunday's Week 14 home contest against the Minnesota Vikings, there was one major milestone missing on Brady's otherwise near-flawless resume: 1,000 career rushing yards.

Brady achieved the feat when he ran up the middle for a five-yard gain after escaping the blitz. And with that, the 41-year-old Brady has reached 1,000 yards in his 19th NFL season.

But don't expect Brady to celebrate the milestone, because he didn't sound all that enthusiastic about reaching the feat.

"I'm not going to save the ball," he said after the game. "I don't know where it went. But, yeah, just played a lot of football and obviously I'm not a scrambler, but hopefully I can make a couple plays running for it."

Brady also credited his offensive line for helping him get the aforementioned five-yard run. They haven't allowed a sack in each of the last two weeks now, holding off the Vikings' dominant front seven in this one.


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"They blocked their tails off today against a good front, and I don't want to make too much of a 4 or 5-yard gain," Brady added. "That wasn't really the difference in the game."

With the win, the Patriots move to 9-3 and are second in the AFC, tied with the Houston Texans for the final first-round bye. The Patriots have won eight of their last nine, following a sluggish 1-2 start to the season.

Brady hasn't had to run the ball much in his career, but he's never afraid to risk his body for short five-yard gains, and he's nearly unstoppable when it comes to running the quarterback sneak.

1,000 yards down. Unfortunately, probably not 1,000 more to go.

What This Means

1,000 rushing yards or not, it was never going to determine Brady's legacy. It's just a fun stat to think about for a guy who isn't exactly the fastest quarterback to ever live. But when you play long enough like Brady has, why shouldn't you be able to rush for 1,000 yards - mobile quarterback or not?


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