Tom Brady is still going strong at the age of 42. The New England Patriots quarterback has managed to stay healthy for the majority of his NFL career. Brady has been able to avoid big hits, usually getting the ball out quickly.
Perhaps Brady has also benefited a bit health-wise from some help from NFL referees.
A Miami Dolphins linebacker revealed today that an NFL referee told him to "stay off" Brady during Sunday's game.
The player, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, allegedly made a perfectly legal hit on Brady, only to be told to stay away.
Of course, this hasn't been corroborated by the referee - and the ref probably wouldn't admit to it if he was asked about it - but most NFL fans are probably shaking their heads in agreement to McMillan's story.
Non-Patriots fans have long thought that Brady has gotten preferential treatment from referees during games.
Brady has often gotten calls like this:
And, hey, it's important for the NFL to keep its star quarterbacks healthy, so it's not really surprising that a player like Brady would be protected like this.
Still, it's certainly aggravating for his opponents.
Brady and the Patriots are set to host the New York Jets on Sunday. New England should be in line for another blowout win to get to 3-0.