TOM Brady’s battle against Father Time may have finally beaten him.

This is according to Shaun King, formerly a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who recently described the seven-time Super Bowl champion as “a shell of himself.”

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Brady made his debut back in 2000[/caption]

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Brady will be 46 by the time next season rolls around[/caption]

Speaking to Compare.bet, King asked: “Why does everybody beat around the bush?

Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback at the professional level we’ve ever seen, and nobody in modern football is getting to ten Super Bowls, and they’re definitely not winning seven.

“In spite of that, you still should be honest about what he is now. He’s a shell of himself. Especially when he’s encountered with pressure.”

King’s somewhat brutal assessment of Brady’s recent play comes off the back of his first losing season since taking over as the starter for the New England Patriots in 2001.

The Buccaneers went 8-9, winning the NFC South before falling at the first hurdle in the playoffs with a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round.

During what was his 23rd NFL season, Brady threw for 4,694 yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

His 9.6 yards per completion were the lowest of his career, as was his touchdown percentage at just 3.4 and his total of -1 rushing yards on the season.

King said: “Yeah, in spurts he can still make some throws, and, yeah, every second or third game he can have a fourth quarter that makes you remember how great he was.

“But from start to finish, he’s not the same player. Age is undefeated.

“If you watch Tom Brady play, when he is under pressure and duress, he is completely out of whack. That’s just the reality of it.”

These comments came the same day Brady boiled over while on his Let’s Go! podcast with Jim Gray.

When asked if he’d made a decision regarding his future, he said: “If I knew what I was going to f**king do, I’d have already f**king done it.

“I’m taking it a day at a time.”

Brady is set to hit free agency this offseason after three years with the Buccaneers.

Whether or not he opts to remain in the NFL and push for an eighth Lombardi Trophy remains a mystery, but if not, then a reported ten-year, $375 million deal could be waiting for him to move into broadcasting as an analyst for Fox Sports.

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Brady, pictured here with Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, has been linked with a move to Nevada this offseason[/caption]

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It’s been a tough year for Brady off the field as well, having separated from his wife of thirteen years, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen[/caption]

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