Patriots QB Tom Brady Says He Could Play Past Age 45 And He Explains What Title Number 6 Would Mean
It seems like every week a new story comes out on how long Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play football. Brady himself has said mid-40s which he admits many point to the age of 45, but if he is still feeling like he is now he will continue playing.
“I always said my mid-40s, and naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to continue,” Brady told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor.
Tom noted his wife Gisele Bundchen is on board.
“She wants me to do that, too,” Brady said. “She also wants me to take good care of myself and still have my energy. My kids have grown up faster than I thought.”
Added Brady: “My wife says lots of things sometimes. She makes decisions for our family that I’ve got to deal with. Hopefully she never says, ‘Look, this has to be it.’ … My wife and my kids, it’s a big investment of their time and energy, too.”
When it is time for Brady to quit, he wants to do it on his own terms, which could mean leaving New England.
“My love for the sport will never go away,” he said. “I don’t think at 45 it will go away. At some point, everybody moves on. Some people don’t do it on their terms. I feel I want it to be on my terms. I’ve got to make appropriate choices on how to do that, how to put myself in the best position to reach my long-term goals.”
With Jimmy Garoppolo behind him on the depth chart, there has been speculation into what New England will do at QB in the next couple of seasons.
Brady knows Bill Belichick will always go with the best guy and he wants to make sure he’s that guy.
“When you’re a member of a team sport, the best guy plays,” Brady said. “So I always want to make sure I’m the best guy, and I give our team a great chance to win. But if you’re ever not [the best guy], part of being a great teammate is letting the other guy do that, as well. Competition is what has always driven me. I’ve never been one that was hand selected, to be this particular player. … In high school, college, professionally, I think the greater the competition, the more that it really allows me to dig deep and bring the best out of me.”
Brady Explained Why He Doesn’t Want The Jersey Thief To Go To Jail
With Brady’s Super Bowl jersey being found and the thief being caught, many wonder if charges will be pressed. But Brady wants no part of sending the thief to jail.
“I really don’t like anyone to ever get in trouble. To me, I’m just happy I was able to get it back. … My reaction then wasn’t heartbroken. I thought, at the end of the day, it was a jersey. … No, absolutely not [want him to go to jail]. I don’t like conflict. It’s just inherent in who I am.”
Brady also talked about dealing with his Mom’s illness during the season and how tough it was for him to keep on playing knowing his Mom was dealing with a serious illness.
“It was the first year in all the years I’ve played sports where it really wasn’t their choice to come or not come. … I kept saying, ‘Mom, you’ve got to take care of yourself. Dad, you’ve got to take care of yourself.’
Brady Is Looking Forward To Pursuing The Magical Number 6
With Brady now looking towards competing for his sixth Super Bowl title he is looking beyond the football realm he has already conquered and looking to go down as the best in sports.
“The great part is the next one for me is No. 6,” Brady said. “And I’m not on No. 1. I’m trying to reach No. 6 and I’m on No. 5. If I got to No. 6, that would have great meaning to me. It’s not trying to keep up with my idols. It’s not Magic, Jeter, Mariano [Rivera], Kobe, Duncan, guys more my age who I always admired. I just want to win because I owe it to my teammates. I’m working this year like I have none, and hopefully it results in a magical season.”
Added Brady: “I was in awe of Michael Jordan and I still am in awe of what he was and what he meant. … He was such an effortless player. He put a lot of effort in, but there’s an art and a beauty to the way he played the game. That was a very inspiring thing.”
Brady would not acknowledge he had passed his childhood hero Joe Montana, despite many already considering Tom the greatest of all-time.
“I don’t agree with that, and I’ll tell you why,” Brady said. “I know myself as a player. I’m really a product of what I’ve been around, who I was coached by, what I played against, in the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes they could accomplish the same kinds of things. So I’ve been very fortunate. … I don’t ever want to be the weak link.”
Brady was then asked what he meant by being the weak link.
“I was the backup quarterback on an 0-8 team in my freshman year of high school,” Brady said. “I got to Michigan, I was seventh [string], and I had a hard time getting to be No. 2, and when I finally got to No. 1 there was someone else [Drew Henson] they wanted to be No. 1. I got to be a sixth-round pick behind a great player, Drew Bledsoe, and then I got an opportunity, and I’m still trying to take advantage of it. Part of who I am now is very much who I was, and that was cultivated growing up.”