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After 18 seasons as a starter, Tom Brady cracks 1,000 career rushing yards

Tom Brady signals first down after rushing for 5 yards to reach 1,000 for his career.
Tom Brady signals first down after rushing for 5 yards to reach 1,000 for his career.(jim davis/globe staff)

It took him 265 games, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has finally eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards.

In the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon, Brady rushed for 5 yards on third and 3 to reach the milestone. The 41-year-old — who entered the season 32 shy of 1,000 — had been slowly chipping away this year.

“I’ve kind of inched along there for a long time,” Brady said in November. “It really hasn’t been a part of my game, but I’m getting close. I’ve been at it for a long time.”

Throughout the season, Brady has been tracking his progress on social media with the hashtag “TB1K.” Prior to New England’s Week 9 matchup against the Packers, Brady teased the impending achievement with a video splicing together a scene from the 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises” and previous notable rushes, including his juke of Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher in 2006 and his 6-yard touchdown against the Raiders during the fourth quarter of the “Tuck Rule” game in 2002. The montage opened with a clip from Brady’s 5.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2000 NFL Combine.

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