Is he really going? Rob Gronkowski’s career lasted only nine years, but he seems to have been with us forever. He cut across the NFL like a hard-partying red-white-and-blue comet; a Pat Patriot come to life, leaving a trail of flattened defenders in his wake.
Notes: Active quarterbacks beyond Brady
This week’s Tom Brady update got me wondering about about how some of his contemporaries are doing. I generally don’t want to post active players’ stats; when I started doing this 10 years ago, I tracked a few guys who were still playing, but there were some wild swings in value as their careers wound down, and I decided it was better to wait until they were finished.
Tom Brady watch
After a big bump in 2017, Tom Brady inched up a tenth of a point in 2018. Following the 2019 Super Bowl, he sits at 30.33, still 0.66 behind Peyton Manning. Has he plateaued? There was just a hint of regression this year, and it may be that after 309 games, time is catching up …
Notes on Steve Young: The most intriguing what-if career
Doing a project like this, you run into a lot of what-if scenarios; players whose careers were cut short or derailed by circumstances beyond their control. Usually, that means injuries. Bobby Orr is one guy I singled out, as is Gale Sayers, but at least they established their greatness. Bo Jackson never got going. Don …
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