Tom Brady has said in the past he’s a man of few hobbies.
So, when the New England Patriots quarterback’s football career is finished, he might be a little bored. That could be one of the reasons Brady, 38, wants to play for another 10 years (despite saying it was unlikely just a month ago).
“I hope so. I hope so,” Brady said Monday on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan.” There’s a lot of things that can happen in football. … What else am I going to do?”
If anyone in the NFL can do it, it’s Brady, who appears to be getting better with age. He has a 113.2 passer rating this season while completing 68.9 percent of his passes for 2,054 yards with 16 touchdowns and one interception. His mobility also appears to be improving, and he actually led the Patriots in rushing Sunday in their 30-23 win over the Jets with four carries for 15 yards.
“There’s nothing like playing football,” Brady said. “It’s a big challenge, and it’s a big commitment to make. I think that’s something I’m excited about. There’s nothing I love to do (more) than running out and playing football.
“Just because someone says, ‘You should stop playing at this age, or this age, because that’s what people have done before you,’ I don’t really buy that. I kind of want to make my own decisions. If the game’s not fun any more, which I highly doubt it because it’s fun for my parents and they’re in their 70s, and it’s fun for me, and it’s fun for my kids, and it’s just something I love to do.”
Brady might feel differently if he wasn’t on a perennial winner. The quarterback reiterated his desire is to stay with the Patriots.
“I think winning is the fun part and being a part of this organization has been — there’s no place I’d rather play,” Brady said. “You’ve got to win. You can’t go 2-14 and expect that people are going to want you back either, so I think you’ve just got to keep focusing on what your process has been and what I’ve tried to accomplish over the last several years of my career, sustaining my peak performance. Hopefully the same player today is the same player you see five years from now.”
Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images
Oct 25, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) prepares to make a pass during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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