This is a two-point commentary: 1. I’m sad to see Usain Bolt retire. 2. Bolt’s retirement makes me marvel even more at Tom Brady.
The connection? Bolt closed his sprinting career at the IAAF World Championships last week in London. He’s 30 years old. He’s still great. Why is he retiring? He’s tired of grinding to the degree that is required to be the best in the world.
Brady is 40. Last season he had the second best completion percentage of his career, his third best TD percentage, his lowest interception percentage. He has been sacked more times than Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and almost Jim Kelly, if you count Kelly’s USFL sacks. (Brady will pass Jimbo in that category this year.) Yet he’s still grinding.
Bolt won the Olympic gold at age 29 last year in 9.81. He placed third in the 100 last week in 9.95. Justin Gatlin won in 9.92. Some think Bolt could transition to the 400 at this point in his career. But I don’t begrudge Bolt his exit. It's hard to appreciate the sacrifice needed to be No. 1 in the world.