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Tom Brady could join these 10 other Hall of Fame QBs who changed teams

Seeing Brady in a non-Patriots uniform would be awkward, but we've seen stranger moves by legendary quarterbacks late in their careers.

What would Patriots quarterback Tom Brady look like in another uniform?

Awkward. The six-time Super Bowl champion would no doubt look out of place if he were to leave New England and play elsewhere in 2020 and beyond. Brady has spent 20 seasons with the Patriots and will turn 43 in August.

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If Brady does indeed change teams, how might that play out? Fortunately, there are several other awkward examples from the past.

In reverse chronological order, here is a look at 10 other legendary quarterbacks — nine Hall of Famers and one who will join them soon — who switched uniforms when they were 33 or older.

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  • The switch: Manning lived up to expectations as the No. 1 pick with theColts from 1998-2011. He won Super Bowl 41and set countless passing records. Manning, however, missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury. The Colts drafted Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in 2012, and Manning signed with Denver when he was 36.

    Did it work? Manning set NFL records in passing yards and TDs in his second season in Denver, and he led the Broncos to two Super Bowl appearances. Manning went out on top by leading Denver to a victory in Super Bowl 50. He retired at 39. He finished 1-2 in three starts against the Colts.

    More awkward than Brady? It would be hard for Brady to top that. It also would be ironic if Brady landed in Indianapolis, right?

  • The switch: Favre spent 16 seasons with Green Bay after being traded from Atlanta, and the three-time MVP led the Packers to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl 31. He spent his final years in Green Bay waffling about retirement and was traded to the Jets before the 2008 season.

    Did it work? After one season in New York, Favre signed with the Vikings in 2008 when he was 40.Hebeat the Packers and Aaron Rodgers twice that season while leading a run to the NFC championship game. Rodgers and the Packers won both meetings the following season, however, and Favre finally retired for good after the 2010 season.

    More awkward than Brady? Nothing will ever be more awkward than Favre walking out of the tunnel at Lambeau Field in a Vikings uniform.

  • The switch: Warner was the conductor of the "Greatest Show on Turf" for six seasons and led the Rams to two Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl 34. Warner, however, was released after playing sparingly in 2002-03. He spent one year with the Giants before landing with the Cardinals in 2005 when he was 34.

    Did it work? Warner had ups-and-downs, but he led a Super Bowl run out of awild-card spot in 2008 before the Cardinals lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl 43. He retired after the 2009 season.

    More awkward than Brady? No, but Warner’s unlikely success in two places is noteworthy.

  • The switch: Moon was a star quarterback for the Oilers for 10 seasons from 1984-93, and he led the "Run and Shoot" attack and made six Pro Bowl appearances. Moon was traded to Minnesota in 1994 when he was 38.

    Did it work? Moon compiled a 21-18 record over the next three seasons with Minnesota, but he never reached the elusive Super Bowl. He played through the 2000 season after stops inSeattle and Kansas City.

    More awkward than Brady? Moon hung on long enough that it wasn’t that awkward by the time he retired, but he will always be recognized most for his time in Houston.

  • The switch: Montana won four Super Bowls with San Francisco as part of a 13-year career that stretched from 1979-92. Montana, however, missed all of 1991 and most of 1992, which allowed for the transition to future Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

    Did it work? Montana signed with the Chiefs in 1993 and compiled a 17-8 record over the next two seasons. He retired when he was 38after the 1994 season.

    More awkward than Brady? It had to be for San Francisco in Week 2 of 1994, when Montana led the Chiefs to a 24-17 victory against the 49ers. Young, however, would make up for it by leading San Francisco to a victory in Super Bowl 29 that season.

  • The switch: "The Snake" spent 10 seasons with the Raiders and led Oakland to a victory in Super Bowl 11. After a holdout, however, Stabler was traded to Houston for Dan Pastorini before the 1980 season.

    Did it work? Stabler teamed with Houston coach Bum Phillips and led the Oilers to a 11-5 season in 1980. Stabler spent two seasons in Houston and three more in New Orleans before retiring after the 1984 season.

    More awkward than Brady? The Raiders beat Houston 27-7 in the 1980 AFC wild-card round in a game where Jim Plunkett outplayed Stabler. Could you imagine Brady starting against the Patriots in the same situation next year?

  • The switch: Namath, who led theJets to alegendary upset win over the Coltsin Super Bowl 3, spent one season with theRams in 1977.

    Did it work? The 34-year-old Namath could not overcome nagging injuries and was benched in favor of Pat Haden after four games. Namath retired after the 1977 season.

    More awkward than Brady? Can you picture Namath in a Ramsuniform? It didn’t last long enough to be anything more than a footnote in Namath’s career.

  • The switch: Unitas spent 17 seasons with the Baltimore Colts as part of a legendary career in which he was a three-time NFL champion. The 10-time Pro Bowl selection started in five games in 1972 before being traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1973.

    Did it work? Unitas, 40, played in just four games for the Chargers before being replaced by future Hall of Famer Dan Fouts. Unitas retired the following preseason.

    More awkward than Brady? This is a good comparison in terms of impact, though Unitas was not a full-time starter when he left the Colts.

  • The switch: Blanda was a two-time AFL champion and led the league in passing yards twice with Houston. He left the Oilers for the 1967 season to play in Oakland. He was 40at the time.

    Did it work? Blanda was a backup quarterback and kicker on the Raidersteam that beat Houston in the 1967 AFL championship game. He played nine seasons in Oakland before retiring at 48after the 1975 season.

    More awkward than Brady? No, but Blanda might be more associated for his time with the Raiders now.

  • The switch: Tittle was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the49ers. He split time with John Brodie in 1960 before being traded to theGiants when he was 34.

    Did it work? Paired with coach Allie Sherman, Tittle led the Giants to the NFL championship game in 1962and 1963 and was 32-13-3 in four years as the starter.

    More awkward than Brady? It had to be awkward for the 49ers when Tittle led a 48-14 blowout at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 17, 1963.

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