Tom Brady is closing in on a rushing milestone.
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks of all time and will be walking into the Hall of Fame."Walking" being the key word there, as running has never been the best part of his game. But, this Sunday night he could surpass a personal rushing milestone.
As it stands right now—after his eight yards rushing in the game last week against the Buffalo Bills—Brady stands at a career total 997 yards rushing. This means, with just three yards on the ground against Green Bay Sunday night, number 12 would hit that 1,000-yard rushing milestone -—something that would have only taken him a little over 16 seasons to accomplish.
Brady posted this fun, mockumentary-ish video on Instagram in recognition of the impending milestone:
While his mind for the game and passing ability are top rate, no one—not even Brady himself—would call himself a great rushing quarterback. Speaking to NBC Sports Boston, Brady said:
"I’ve kind of inched along there for a long time. It really hasn’t been a part of my game. But I’m getting close. I’ve been at it for a long time. Hopefully we can get it this week. Hopefully we can get more than that."
And "inched along" is a pretty accurate way to put it given that his bread and butter is the quarterback sneak - which has been getting the Patriots those much-needed one-to-two yards for over a decade and a half now. And it was one such short gain that Brady recalled as his most memorable:
"Wow. I had a good dive over the top against the Ravens when we beat them and Ray Lewis put his helmet right in the middle of my back. That was probably the one I remember the most, because it probably hurt the most."
A full breakdown of TB12's career rushing stats heading into the Sunday Night game looks like this: 997 yards on 570 carries for an average of 1.7 yards/carry - and 19 touchdowns.