LOS ANGELES — Tom Brady is poised for another gruelling duel against Father Time as the 2018 NFL season kicks off on Thursday with the league’s elder statesmen looking over their shoulders at a new generation of quarterbacks. After years of wondering where and when the natural successors to the likes of Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees would emerge, the NFL now appears to be blessed with a rich seam of talent at its most coveted position. Last season, at least, there was little indication that the old guard were ready to shuffle off into the sunset. New England star Brady will head into a remarkable 19th campaign at the age of 41 as the reigning NFL MVP, having led the Patriots into the eighth Super Bowl of his career. Brady’s age-defying statistics — his 4,577 passing yards were the fourth highest total of his career — were mirrored by similar standout seasons from his evergreen contemporaries. Four of the top five passers in 2017 are now 36 or older. New Orleans Saints veteran Brees will start the new campaign at age 39, while Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Roethlisberger and San Diego’s Philip Rivers are both 36. Brady and Brees… Read full this story
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