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Tom Brady and the sports legends who changed teams late in their career

After 20 seasons wearing the red, white and blue, and then silver with the Patriots, Tom Brady will be wearing pewter and red this season with the Buccaneers. It won’t look right to many — outside of Tampa. Here’s a look at some iconic athletes who’ve left the places that made them famous for a late-career final chapter:

Willie Mays

He spent his first 21 seasons with the New York and San Francisco Giants until the Giants traded him to the Mets for minor league pitcher Charlie Williams and cash in May 1972.

Michael Jordan

Three years after his second retirement from basketball, the Bulls great returned to play for the Wizards from 2001-03.

Joe Montana

After Steve Young took over the 49ers’ offense, Montana was traded to the Chiefs in 1993. Montana, who won four Super Bowls in 13 seasons with the 49ers, guided the Chiefs to an AFC title game.

Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, Wizards, Chiefs
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Johnny Unitas

The Baltimore Colts began a youth movement in 1972 by benching Unitas, their quarterback of 17 years, early in the season, and in 1973, Baltimore traded the 39-year-old to the San Diego Chargers.

Joe Namath

The Jets opted to not renew Namath’s contract after the 1976 season and he signed with the Rams, starting four games in his only season in Los Angeles before retiring.

 O.J. Simpson

After a legendary career with the Bills, Simpson quietly ended his football career on two terrible 49ers teams in 1978-79.

 Gordie Howe

He won four Stanley Cups and was named the NHL’s most valuable player six times in 25 seasons with the Red Wings. Howe retired in 1971, but returned to play for the WHA’s Houston Aeros in 1973. Howe returned to the NHL for the 1979-80 season, scoring 15 goals for the Hartford Whalers at age 51.

This Post first appeared on “New York Post”

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