Turning 40 is a major milestone birthday for anyone.
Turning 40 as an active NFL quarterback is a rarity.
Turning 40 as arguably the best active NFL quarterback is unprecedented.
But that's Tom Brady's reality on Thursday as TB12 hits the big 4-0 in Foxborough, where he'll celebrate with a morning training camp practice session.
Media outlets from all across the web have found different ways to acknowledge the big day.
The Boston Globe lists all the times that Brady has made us laugh. The Globe also wonders if 40 is just a number to Brady. The Globe notes that Rob Gronkowski has adopted portions of Brady's nutrition and workout plan, while the tight end promises a gift of touchdowns for his aging quarterback.
Heading into the big day, the Globe's practice report says that Wednesday was not Brady's sharpest day of work. The Globe also notes that the Patriots receiving corps is a little banged up these days.
The Boston Herald advises that we should just enjoy the 40-year-old Brady for as long as possible. The Herald says Brady faces the "daunting history" of 40-year-old NFL QBs. The Herald's Inside Track notes that a new music video from Macklemore is filled with trolling jabs at Brady. The Herald writes that Pro Bowl safety and captain Devin McCourty is still learning what he can give to the Patriots. The Herald also observes that Harvey Langi and Deatrich Wise Jr. are proving to be quick learners in the early stages of their New England careers.
The Providence Journal's practice observations also note that the Patriots are starting to get a little thin at receiver. The ProJo also takes an early look at Langi and Wise Jr., while also profiling undrafted rookie cornerback Kenny Moore II.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss has a fun read, offering up 40 stories you've never heard about Brady, including beer chugging?
ESPN lists 40 stats for Brady's 40th birthday.
ESPNBoston.com says that as the attrition adds up at the receiver position, lightening the load might make sense. ESPNBoston.com also passes along Gronkowski's promised gift of touchdowns for his quarterback.
WEEI.com says Gronkowski working with Brady's trainer is likely the beginning of a few changes for the All-Pro tight end. WEEI.com writes that the undrafted rookie linebacker Langi could end up with a big role for the Patriots. WEEI.com's Wednesday practice report notes that the injuries are starting to pile up in Foxborough. WEEI.com relays Kony Ealy talking about the "learning curve" of his early time in New England.
The Falcons just can't stop talking about their Super Bowl LI loss, and WEEI.com passes along linebacker De'Vondre Campbell saying he doesn't think James White actually got into the end zone for the game-winning score.
CSNNE.com notes that Bill Belichick doesn't think Brady's diet and workout plan are right for everyone. CSNNE.com's Scouts' View series moves on to look at players the Patriots can't afford to lose, other than Brady.
NFL.com lists the top 40 greatest moments of Brady's career. NFL.com includes former Patriots cornerback Ty Law on its list of names who should be in line for future Hall of Fame induction.
AL.com looks at Jonathan Jones battling for a bigger role in his second season in New Englnad.
SI.com reveals that there will be an upcoming book and movie – 12 – about Brady and the Patriots comeback in Super Bowl LI.