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Brady On Playing Past 45: 'I Would Definitely Consider That'

Brady On Playing Past 45: 'I Would Definitely Consider That'

Tom Brady keeps raising the bar about how long he could keep playing quarterback in the NFL.

Tom Brady keeps raising the bar about how long he could keep playing quarterback in the NFL.

As the 43-year-old Brady prepares for his record 10th Super Bowl and first since joining Tampa Bay this past offseason, he said hes already considering surpassing his previous goal and playing beyond age 45.

Yes definitely. I would definitely consider that, Brady said Monday in his first news conference at Super Bowl week. Its a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is, you never know kind of when that moment is, just because its a contact sport. Theres a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be 100% commitment from myself to keep doing it.

Brady still has that commitment, working closely with longtime trainer Alex Guerrero on workouts, diets and other preparation that has allowed Brady to thrive at an age when most of his peers are long retired.

Brady said the days of being a high school or college kid living on pizza and fast food are long in the past.

I think football for me has obviously been my sport. Its a career, but its really part of my daily life, Brady said. Because a lot of the decisions I make, Im always thinking about How does this impact my football? How does it impact my offseason training? Its pretty well documented that the approach that Ive taken over a period of time, which certainly didnt 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 Ive had.

That work has helped Brady post accomplishments unequaled in NFL history. He has 10 Super Bowl trips, six titles, three MVPs, the most TD passes in regular-season history (581) and the possibility of passing Drew Brees next season for the most yards passing ever if Brees retires as expected this offseason.

What Brady has accomplished since turning 40 years old before the 2017 season would be an impressive enough career for most players. He has 20,776 yards passing in the regular season and playoffs, 142 TDs, one MVP, and a third trip to the Super Bowl, having won it following the 2018 season in New England and losing it the previous season.

He has more than doubled the output of any other quarterback after age 40, with Brees next on the list with 6,777 yards and 57 TDs.

Its an impressive feat for a player who entered the league as a sixth-round pick in 2000 hoping just to stick around for a few years.

I wouldnt say 20 years ago, I thought, Man, Ill be sitting here at 43 playing pro football. That would be not the truth if I told you that, Brady said. I started thinking Id love to play pro football and get the opportunity to do it. Im going to do it as best I possibly can. Fortunately Ive had the right people come into my life at the right time, which has enabled me to keep doing what I love to do. Its a lot of support of actually a lot of people.

Brady thanked his family for making sacrifices that allowed him to focus on football, as well as his teammates and coaches for the help they provided on the field.

Brady has also delivered with his 40 TD passes in the regular season the second highest total of his career. So how long can he keep it up?

I think Ill know when its time, Brady said. I dont know when that time will come but I think Ill know.


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