Tom Brady's ex-New England Patriots teammate questions his 'faster 40 at 46'

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This combination of images shows former New England Patriots teammates Tom Brady (left) and Kevin OConnell. — Instagram/@tombrady, St. Paul Pioneer Press via Scott Takushi
This combination of images shows former New England Patriots teammates Tom Brady (left) and Kevin O'Connell. — Instagram/@tombrady, St. Paul Pioneer Press via Scott Takushi

It's been quite a buzz in the sports world lately that future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady, ran a faster 40-yard-dash time at age 46 than he did at the National Football League (NFL) combine when he was just 22.

However, not everyone is convinced that Brady actually ran a faster time. 

"Twenty-four years ago, I ran a 5.28 40-yard dash," Brady, 46, said in a video which he posted to X, formerly Twitter. "Maybe, just maybe, we give the 40 one more shot."

The video then showed a crew on deck armed with two timepieces as Brady proceeded to run the distance — with one stopwatch recording 5.12 and the other 5.18.

It's a testament to Brady's unwavering commitment to his fitness and overall well-being, which undoubtedly played a huge role in his success as a seven-time Super Bowl champion, retiring after the 2022 NFL season.

While fans are going wild over Brady's new achievement, Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell, who served as Brady's backup quarterback in New England for two seasons, raised doubts about the validity of the claim.

"Is it legit?" O'Connell asked Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah on Saturday’s NFL combine coverage on NFL Network. "You can do a lot of things. I’ve seen what you guys can do with technology around here."

After ribbing Brady, O'Connell admitted that nothing would surprise him with his former teammate.

"I would not put it past him one bit. I mean, wearing sneakers, turf field, beating his time. Put a pair of cleats on him and he probably breaks the fives."

Brady frequently responds to amusing comments on social media, so it's unlikely that this is the last time we hear about this lighthearted rivalry between two close friends.