It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long ago since Sports Illustrated put the high school baller, LeBron James, on its cover with the words “The Chosen One.” It has almost been two decades since that issue hit the racks, though, as the four-time NBA MVP has become one of the greatest players of all time since then. However, James’ longevity in basketball has also placed him into an interesting club. In fact, it’s one that NFL GOAT Tom Brady knows well.
Tom Brady has played with/against fathers and sons in the NFL
Brady has spent over two decades in the NFL, as his pro career is even old enough to buy a beer (if you go by the date that the New England Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft).
His long career, though, has led to Brady playing with/against fathers and sons.
According to ESPN, Brady, who turns 44 in August, played against Devin Bush Sr. in 2001, as Bush was the starting safety for the Cleveland Browns in a game against the Patriots. He has since played against Bush’s son and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush Jr.
In 2020, Brady played with Antoine Winfield Jr. on the Buccaneers, but in 2001, Winfield’s father, Antoine Winfield Sr., actually intercepted Brady in an NFL game. Brady also played against Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jon Runyan in 2020 after playing with Runyan’s dad, Jon Runyan Sr. in college at Michigan.
Seeing Brady play against fathers and sons is a testament to how great he has been and for how long. Now, James is in this same category as Brady.
LeBron James has also played against fathers and sons in the NBA
In a video recently posted by James’ media brand, Uninterrupted, the 17-time NBA All-Star gave some context as to how long he has been dominating in the league.
“You know you’re getting older when you’ve played against a dad and a son,” James said on The Shop, per an Uninterrupted tweet. “I’m now in the part of my career where I’ve played against the junior and the senior.”
Of the father-son duos James said he has played against are Gary Trent Sr. and Gary Trent Jr., as well as Kenyon Martin Sr. and Kenyon Martin Jr.
James, who turns 37 in December, then joked: “If I get to a third, I swear to God. At this point, I’m on some Tom Brady s*** then.”
These instances certainly show just how long James has been a top player in the NBA and how old he actually is, but, like Brady, they are also a testament to The King’s greatness.
Tom Brady and LeBron James are all-time greats
Brady and James are still playing in their respective leagues because of both of their abilities to continue competing at elite levels.
Brady is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 581 and will most likely break the record for passing yards in 2021. He has also played in 10 Super Bowls, and during the 2020 season, at 43 years old, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title.
James, on the other hand, is third on the NBA’s all-time total points list with 35,367, and is eighth in career assists with 9,696. He also went to the NBA Finals for the ninth time in 10 seasons and the 10th time overall at 35 years old in 2020, as he ultimately won his fourth NBA championship.
Not only have Brady and James had great careers, but they have even been great as older players, which is something only a select few athletes have been able to do within their respective sports.
Hopefully, both legends can keep dominating for years to come.