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Tom Brady’s priority remains pleasing Bill Belichick

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Tom Brady recently indicated to Patriots owner Robert Kraft that he wanted to play another 10 years.

But Brady’s also smart enough to know that’s not necessarily his call.

Brady, by virtue of his dozen years in the league, knows the time comes for every player, knows that he’s no exception, and that Bill Belichick won’t hesitate to pull the plug when the time comes.

“So I’m still working hard, doing my job, because that’s what he’s looking for,” Brady said of his boss, via Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “And the day that’s not what he’s looking for, there comes a time for everybody. I hope to make that decision hard on him for a very, very long time.”

The 35-year-old Brady is the longest-serving Patriot, and the second-longest-tenured starting quarterback in the league behind Denver’s Peyton Manning.

But when he sees things like the neck injury that kept Manning off the field a year ago, it reminds him he’s not immune to time or bad luck.

“Things always change quickly,” Brady said. “We’re certainly not entitled to anything in this league. And it’s always going to move on without us. That’s why you have to work hard at it. That’s why you’ve got to earn it, why you’ve got to appreciate it. And there’s some luck that plays into it.”

The knee injury that wiped out his 2008 season was the first reminder, which has him delaying thinking about when his career might end.

“I hope I play as long as possible,” Brady said. “I don’t know how long that’s going to be.

“Honestly, in ’08, when I had that knee injury, that really makes you appreciate what you’re doing on a daily basis. Because there was a year that I missed, and I was like, ‘Damn, I wish I was out there practicing every day.’ To not have that opportunity was very frustrating. I love the game.”

Part of the reason Brady has lasted as long as he has is his work, and attention to detail. And the fact he doesn’t take it for granted obviously plays a large part too.

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31 Responses to “Tom Brady’s priority remains pleasing Bill Belichick”
  1. getoffmysac says: Aug 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    As a bills fan brady talkin about playin 10 more years is depressing

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    Jokes on him. Bill will toss him aside the moment he finds a suitable replacement.

  3. jrfrom508 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    I hope he’s around for a long while

  4. rockthered1286 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    “Part of the reason Brady has lasted as long as he has is his work, and attention to detail.”

    …And the fact that he remains unscathed in his older years because every single defensive player in the league knows when you get within 1 step of Brady, the ref is already reaching for that flag.

    Can’t wait to see if the replacement scrub refs give him the same princess treatment the other refs showered him with.

  5. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 24, 2012 1:08 PM

    If he continues to take hits like he did in the pre-season opener, he won’t make it through the rest of the season, much less another 10 years.

  6. bleedburgandyandgold says: Aug 24, 2012 1:10 PM

    As much as I dislike Brady and his whining ways at times the guy can flat out ball and I will admit it will be a sad day when he retires

  7. goodguyattorney says: Aug 24, 2012 1:11 PM

    I do not like Tom Brady, nope, not one bit. But man can that guy play football. He is a leader, a superb talent and he even seems to be a heck of a nice guy. Too bad he plays for the Patriots and I have to hate him as much as I do.

  8. weepingjebus says: Aug 24, 2012 1:12 PM

    It’s precisely the knowledge that Belichick won’t just play him due to his name and legacy that keeps Brady focused on a high level of play, which in turn extends his tenure. Here’s to hoping they both stick around at least another 5 years, before heading off into the sunset together on Belichick’s boat Eight Rings.

  9. CKL says: Aug 24, 2012 1:13 PM

    He talks the talk and walks the walk. Name me another QB of his caliber who would get on live TV and say he was terrible and thank his D for bailing him out like he did after the AFCC. There isn’t one. It’s why most of us Pats fans laugh when people say he’s some whiny selfish diva. He’s not perfect, but the only QB better than he is plays for GB.

  10. ryanclark25 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:19 PM

    as a steeler fan i’ve watched him hurt us enough to want woodley harrison and their predecessors before them to murder him many times…however the mans work ethic, attitude, general skill and competitiveness is as good as it gets, its whats great about the nfl and why this guy’s been at the top of it for the last decade…i do hope he’s around for another ten years in many more scraps with us and the rest of the afc come january….He can stop at 3 rings though, I’ve had enough of watching those :P

  11. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 24, 2012 1:29 PM

    Guy plays like he’s fighting for his job every day of his life..just trying to make the team. Is harder on himself than any of his teammates.

    Hard not to respect someone who plays like that…hear that one Tomlinson????

  12. jsho55 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:36 PM

    Still amazes me the level he has gotten back to since coming back from his 2008 injury. So many people thought he was done, or would never be the same.

  13. footballfan58 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:38 PM

    100% a class act! Hope the youngsters coming into the league this year learn from him.

  14. realitypolice says: Aug 24, 2012 1:48 PM

    He wants to stay in the league long enough to play in a Super Bowl where the other team isn’t the Giants.

  15. steelersownyou says: Aug 24, 2012 1:49 PM

    how come when I watch steeler games ben has 2 seconds to throw? I watch patriot games brady pops open a lawn chair while sipping a margarita while scanning the field?! That is going to change this year. For the 1st time in brady’s life he’ll be runnin for his life with that bad o-line. He’ll get to see what ben has been doing for years! I think he won’t finish the season. With his dainty frame he’ll get crushed!

  16. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 24, 2012 2:04 PM

    realitypolice says: He wants to stay in the league long enough to play in a Super Bowl where the other team isn’t the Giants.

    Pulled for the Patriots in both of those games (not a fan of Eli) but that’s funny!

  17. bullcharger says: Aug 24, 2012 2:05 PM

    rockthered1286 says:Aug 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    “Part of the reason Brady has lasted as long as he has is his work, and attention to detail.”

    …And the fact that he remains unscathed in his older years because every single defensive player in the league knows when you get within 1 step of Brady, the ref is already reaching for that flag.

    Can’t wait to see if the replacement scrub refs give him the same princess treatment the other refs showered him with.

    ——————-

    You have to know that is complete BS. Watch the tape man. Brady get’s hit alot… more than lots of other QBs and harder than them too. He just makes the completion anyway most of the time. Then he pops right back up. Sure he complains to the ref if he takes a late hit or a chop to the helmet. All QBs should be fighting for calls. It’s called being a winner.

  18. noreasterforlife says: Aug 24, 2012 2:16 PM

    I hope Brady does stick around for another 10 years. He’s a QB version of Jerry Rice. He has worked for everything he’s gotten and appreciates the fact it takes a team to win. He has seen first hand that the better QB plays no matter their status or previous accomplishments (Drew Bledsoe). We have 4 elite QB’s battling for the title each year (Brady,Peyton,Rogers and Brees) this my friends is the golden years of Football. Let’s enjoy the few years we have of these HOF’ers.
    And may I never see the day that Bill Belichick retires from the Patriots. Amen.

  19. patfanken says: Aug 24, 2012 2:18 PM

    “Part of the reason Brady has lasted as long as he has is his work, and attention to detail.”

    …And the fact that he remains unscathed in his older years because every single defensive player in the league knows when you get within 1 step of Brady, the ref is already reaching for that flag.

    Can’t wait to see if the replacement scrub refs give him the same princess treatment the other refs showered him with.”

    …..and the fact that the penalty stats completely refute your erroneous allegation, won’t keep you from repeating it every chance you get. Because for losers like yourself….lies are all you have. So pathetic.

  20. EJ says: Aug 24, 2012 2:18 PM

    Tom Brady will be lucky to make it another 3 years, his play has been slowly degrading. If you watch his play from the last 5 years, although it is slow his play is worse. Brady is much more flustered in the pocket and has games with 3-4 interception at a time. His days are numbered.

  21. bostonhasrealhockey says: Aug 24, 2012 2:55 PM

    He threw for 5000+ yards last season and played in another SB but hes been dragging???

  22. swagger52 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    I hope the replacement refs don’t show the favortism to Brady that the regular refs did every week. You know…the phantom illegal contacts on 3rd down. Or how about the phantom late hit, like against the Redskins last year.

  23. flash1283 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:38 PM

    EJ says:
    Aug 24, 2012 2:18 PM
    Tom Brady will be lucky to make it another 3 years, his play has been slowly degrading. If you watch his play from the last 5 years, although it is slow his play is worse. Brady is much more flustered in the pocket and has games with 3-4 interception at a time. His days are numbered.

     1 28 
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    What the hell are you watching?

    In the last 5 years he as been named MVP 2 times (1 was unanimous , the only Player EVER to do that) and has put up 2 of the greatest seasons by a QB in the history of the NFL.

    All this after major knee surgery.

  24. afc22 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    2-3 more years tops

  25. jjbadd385 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:40 PM

    It seems like everyone is saying the same thing I’m thinking. I’m a Bronco fan, and by some unspoken rule I’m obligated to dislike him. But honestly it’s hard because he is such a nice guy! I can’t think of another QB I would choose to play under center. Even at 35 he is a great asset. Best wishes to him, & I hope he is blessed with another 10 yrs if that’s what’s he wants!

  26. ghengy says: Aug 24, 2012 5:32 PM

    I hope he plays another 20 years but right now his biggest liability is a 6’9 LT that is getting steamrolled by LBs and DEs. The OL is a wreck, how the hell did this happen?

  27. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 24, 2012 6:53 PM

    EJ says:Aug 24, 2012 2:18 PM

    Tom Brady will be lucky to make it another 3 years, his play has been slowly degrading. If you watch his play from the last 5 years, although it is slow his play is worse. Brady is much more flustered in the pocket and has games with 3-4 interception at a time. His days are numbered.
    ———————————————————-

    Thirty one other NFL teams wish their quarterbacks were “degrading” as badly as Brady.

    Even YOUR team.

  28. hoosierjayhawk says: Aug 24, 2012 8:12 PM

    Colts season ticket for 20 years – nothing but respect for Brady. Great player, great competitor, class guy

  29. steelersownyou says: Aug 24, 2012 9:12 PM

    Cheat on your wife, and knock a model up & you’re considered a great & “classy guy! Haha what a joke!

  30. jeepguy6 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:47 PM

    Nice… if he plays 10 more years the Giants should win another 2 or 3 Super Bowls.

  31. swagger52 says: Aug 28, 2012 1:03 AM

    Brady can’t even throw a long ball. All of his long completions are 10 yard passes to Gronkowski, who carries for another 10 to 20 yards. Take away the Refs and the Superbowls, you are left with Mark Sanchez.

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