Superstar quarterback Tom Brady reaffirmed his vow to play 10 more years in the NFL if things continue to go well for him and the team.
Brady, 38, and the New England Patriots are in the process of steamrolling through the regular season of professional football on what might be considered a Deflategate revenge tour.
Yesterday, Brady led his team to a 30-23 comeback victory against the visiting New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, completing 14 of 17 passes in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 deficit and give New England (6-0) a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East. He finished the game 34-of-55 for 355 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with four carries for 15 yards and a touchdown.
In his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan — with Minihane — morning show on Boston’s sports radio station, WEEI, the same show in which he previously endorsed Donald Trump for president (and has since walked back to some extent), Brady suggested that he was serious about playing in the league for another decade.
Two weeks ago on the same radio outlet, Brady insisted that his longevity in pro football to date is the result of eating wholesome food, taking nutritional supplements, and following a game-changing personal training regimen all under the direction of his close friend and controversial business partner, Alex Guerrero.
The (so far) age-defying four-time Super Bowl champion also assailed what he considered the poisonous nature of the typical American diet and registered disagreement with the traditional food pyramid.
Brady underscored that when it comes to health, longevity, and staying in top football shape, as well as emphasizing pre-hab over rehab, it’s important to think outside the box, and that lifestyle choices are essential to wellness.
When co-host Kirk Minihane asked him directly this morning during the interview if he really plans to play in the NFL until he is 48, Brady responded in this manner, while initially joking with the talk hosts about whether they’d be done with their broadcast careers in 10 years.
“I hope so. I hope so…I mean, there’s a lot of things that can happen in football. What else am I going to do?…There’s nothing like playing football…It’s a big challenge, and it’s a big commitment to make. I think that’s something that I’m excited about. There’s nothing I love to do [more] than running out and playing football. Just because someone says, well, you should stop playing at this age or this age [because] that’s what people did before you, I don’t really buy that…I kind of want to make my own decisions. If the game’s not fun anymore — which I highly doubt it, because it’s fun for my parents, and they’re in their 70s, it’s fun for me, it’s fun for my kids. And it’s just something I love to do.”
Brady admitted that playing for a championship organization like the Patriots rather than for a perennial also-ran is a big motivator for him to stay around as long as possible and postpone the inevitability of retirement.
“Absolutely. I think winning is the fun part, and being a part of this organization has been — I mean, there’s no place I’d rather play. You’ve got to win. I think you can’t go 2-14 and expect that people are going to want you back, either. 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 by sustaining my peak performance. Hopefully the same player today is the same player you’d see five years from now.”
Tom Brady added that he has been working more on agility, speed, and arm strength and insisted that he hasn’t lost his competitive edge.
The Miami Dolphins visit the 6-0 Patriots on Thursday night in the first game of NFL Week 8.
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