Tom Brady wants to keep playing
Tom Brady will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, leading the New England Patriots to nine Super Bowl appearances and winning six of them. On Sunday, he gets set to start in the 10th Super Bowl of his career and the first with his new team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady helped the Buccaneers get past the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship game to reach this point. Despite already doubling the record set of Super Bowl appearances by a quarterback, Brady says he has no plans to retire anytime soon and would consider playing beyond the age of 45.
“Yes definitely. I would definitely consider that,” Brady told members of the media during a press conference on Monday for Super Bowl week, via Sportsnet. “It’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is, you never know kind of when that moment is, just because it’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be 100% commitment from myself to keep doing it.”
“I think football for me has obviously been my sport. It’s a career, but it’s really part of my daily life,” Brady said. “Because a lot of the decisions I make, I’m always thinking about `How does this impact my football? How does it impact my off-season training?’ It’s pretty well documented that the approach that I’ve taken over a period of time, which certainly didn’t all start at once. I think how I work out and how I recover is very important. The work I do with my body coach Alex is critical to the success that I’ve had.”
Brady already holds the record for most regular-season touchdown passes in history with 581 and has seemingly accomplished everything there is to in the NFL. He has four Super Bowl MVP honors as well as three NFL MVP awards and has been named to the Pro Bowl a total of 14 times.
But the 43-year-old remains as hungry as ever.
“I wouldn’t say 20 years ago, I thought, `Man, I’ll be sitting here at 43 playing pro football.’ That would be not the truth if I told you that,” Brady said. “I started thinking I’d love to play pro football and get the opportunity to do it. I’m going to do it as best I possibly can. Fortunately I’ve had the right people come into my life at the right time, which has enabled me to keep doing what I love to do. It’s a lot of support of actually a lot of people.”
Brady was drafted by the Patriots with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and had spent his entire career in New England prior to this season. He will be looking to capture a historic seventh championship on Sunday night when the Buccaneers host the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Super Bowl LV. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET.