Tom Brady: It’s hard to imagine not playing football

AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at his 20th training camp, and he hopes he has several more ahead of him.

Brady said today, three days before he turns 42, that he still has just as much love for football as he ever has, and he sees no reason he should be thinking about retiring.

“I have a great time. I love this sport. I’ve loved playing it since I was a kid. It’s hard for me to imagine doing anything else in life. I love playing ball, so to still be out here at 41, soon to be 42, it’s pretty good,” Brady said.

Reflecting on his first training camp, as a sixth-round rookie in 2000, Brady said he didn’t expect to be where he is today.

“I was trying to make the team at that point, so to do it 20 years later is pretty unreal to me,” he said.

Could Brady make it to his 21st, 22nd, 23rd training camp? He sounds like he expects to do just that.

65 responses to “Tom Brady: It’s hard to imagine not playing football

  1. There’s no end in sight, but when the end comes, it comes quickly.

  2. remember 3 years ago when max kellerman said brady was gonna fall of a cliff?? guessing he should of added “some time in the next 10 years” to his statement…

  3. When you’re good at it performing and the roar of the crowd is an addiction. I’ve toured designing and running concert lighting for 35 years. At 60 its getting harder and harder to go on the road, and many younger techs I run into think I’m some crazy old man. Maybe I am but I dread hitting the wall that I’m headed towards and not being able to tour and do lights any more.

    I can sympathize with Brady but at least he has the mega millions to enjoy the rest of his life with. When its over or him he’ll find plenty to do.

  4. Soon Brady might surpass Rodgers as the best. But we Packers fans won’t care. We’ll always think Aaron is the best. Kinda like how we feel about cheese.

  5. I admire the man as an astoundingly great player, teammate and person. I hope he keeps playing well and I hope that when it does end, it will be his decision and that it ends right.

    Most NFL careers don’t end well. The last one I can remember that did was Manning’s (and perhaps now, Gronk’s). I just hope Brady’s does. Frankly,, he deserves it. Regardless of how it ends, I know it’s not ending now. And I hope it doesn’t for a good while yet.

  6. Tom Brady (love him or hate him) is a trained killer. He will rip your heart out, show it to you, and want you to like it. He is one of the most intense game day athletes I have ever see in my 48 years of following the NFL.

  7. What happens if the lockout in 2021 lasts a full season then what would Brady do

  8. so to still be out here at 41, soon to be 42, it’s pretty good,” Brady said.
    —-
    It’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.
    I’ll try to Curb My Enthusiasm.
    Just like Tom Brady who is also
    pretty, pretty, pretty good.

  9. All the haters simply need to ask themselves: With 2 minutes left, down 4, big game… who would you rather have under center? Brady or, you know, anyone else in the NFL? Yeah, we know you’d take Brady.

  10. He said 45 was his limit, but I think that was more to appease his wife. I believe she’ll ultimately be the reason he walks away from the game and not any major decline. As hard as it is for him to imagine walking away, an unhappy wife at home will do wonders to stimulate that imagination.

  11. This clown is going to be a repeat of Favre. Just won’t go away, doesn’t know how to, has zero real-life skills, etc. He’ll probably be playing for the Jets, Dolphins, or Bills when he’s 47. Ridiculous.

  12. wib22 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Montana hung it up when he knew he was done.

    Brady was subpar last 1/2 of 2018. The cliff is coming.

    ——————–

    While I have been watching the AFCCG overtime on repeat since February, seeing Brady complete 3rd and 10’s on a continuous loop, I have yet to notice he was subpar.

  13. “With 2 minutes left, down 4, big game… who would you rather have under center?”

    The guy Bill Belichick is coaching.

  14. boiler72 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm
    This clown is going to be a repeat of Favre. Just won’t go away, doesn’t know how to, has zero real-life skills, etc. He’ll probably be playing for the Jets, Dolphins, or Bills when he’s 47. Ridiculous.

    —————-

    If there was ever a worse assessment of Tom Brady, i have yet to read it.

  15. wib22 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Montana hung it up when he knew he was done.

    Brady was subpar last 1/2 of 2018. The cliff is coming.

    —————

    Joe hung it up because he knew he would never even win a 5th conference championship. Brady has already won 9 meaning he does so about half the time.

  16. thegoodlion0913 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    What happens if the lockout in 2021 lasts a full season then what would Brady do

    ———

    Probably train for a year and then try to win another Super Bowl the next year.

  17. That’s unfortunate. The entire rest of the non New England NFL can certainly imagine it Tom!

  18. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    July 31, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    Soon Brady might surpass Rodgers as the best. But we Packers fans won’t care. We’ll always think Aaron is the best. Kinda like how we feel about cheese.

    —————-

    Until the next QB comes in, then you will think he’s the best. Would be nice for the cheeseheads if the guy could win some games. 22-19-1 in the last 3 years is pretty bad.

  19. BILLY PENN IS A GIANTS FAN says:
    July 31, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    If football is your life your a flawed human being !

    ————–

    I don’t think the folks commenting on a football blog (myself included) are in a position to be chastising someone for a football obsession.

  20. Hard to understand. Brady has a beautiful family (super model wife, check), owns three mansions that he visits often on his private jet, is the face of the NFL, but even he is smart enough to know his carrer will not last forever. So many business opportunties await him in the future. Tommy Football needs to grow up and forget the jock life.

  21. It’s likely he will play to 45. But you guys need to remember that everyone is 1 hit away from all of it ending. The older ya get in this game the more likely it is that 1 hit may do that.

  22. At least one more year of Brady provides CB Simms one more opportunity to put Brady on his thoughtless QB ranking list next year.

  23. redlikethepig says:
    July 31, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    “With 2 minutes left, down 4, big game… who would you rather have under center?”

    The guy Bill Belichick is coaching.

    ———-

    So Bernie Kosar and Vinny Testaverde?

  24. Brady might play long enough to have 3 generations of haters?

    Grandpa hater, “He’s not good. It’s their defense! You’ll see.”
    Son/Father hater, “He’s not good it’s their system! You’ll see.”
    Grandson hater, “He’s not good it’s BB! You’ll see.”

  25. rutledge3197 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Montana didn’t play in this video / flag football era….
    Anybody that thinks this NFL is better than what before is insane
    ———–
    It’s not a matter better or worse, the game and the athletes have definitely changed. As great as Montana was and not take anything away, he did not play against the caliber of athletes that are playing today.

  26. Brady can’t imagine not playing in the AFC east. And don’t give me the records vs the AFC east and the rest of the NFL. Playing in that division gives NE an extra one or two wins a year, which guarantees NE home field advantage and we all know Brady’s mediocre road record and how awful he’s looked on the road in the playoffs.
    nite2al knows nfl

  27. Who is Brady kidding? Brady will be going into national politics shortly after he retires from the NFL. And Brady & Gisele will be a power-couple in the Beltway.

  28. Last year Brady didn’t play as well as he would have liked. But when you consider that Gronk wasn’t himself, Edelman was suspended for 4 games, Hogan couldn’t get any separation it was always going to be difficult. When Josh Gordon was on the field the passing attack looked good. If Gordon is reinstated and N’keal picks up the offense then watch out. Also, when you consider value for money then Brady is hands down the best QB (excluding QBs who are on rookie wage).

  29. Sometimes it’s best to go out while you’re still on top. A broken leg is all it takes at this point. I know their fans want 5 more years out of him but they know deep down it’s selfish. When Brady finally does retire, it will be forced, likely by injury rather than by choice.

  30. bigbenisabigbaby says:
    July 31, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    Sometimes it’s best to go out while you’re still on top. A broken leg is all it takes at this point. I know their fans want 5 more years out of him but they know deep down it’s selfish. When Brady finally does retire, it will be forced, likely by injury rather than by choice.

    —————-

    That kind of talk is for fans, not for players. The great ones always want to play. That’s why they strap’em up. Not for legacy.

  31. There are a lot of young NFL fans who’ve never witnessed an NFL season without Brady. For us older fans, what we’re witnessing is special.

  32. wib22 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Montana hung it up when he knew he was done.

    Brady was subpar last 1/2 of 2018. The cliff is coming.
    ——————————————————-

    Agreed. He held up that Super Bowl trophy about 3 inches lower than he usually does.

  33. True Legend but everything comes to an end someday. At his age a big injury would make him reconsider or make retirement seem more realistic.

  34. The dude has 6 Rings and has been to the Superbowl 9 times, he’s the GOAT and it’s not even a debate anymore. Yet some of the hater comments about are unreal and hysterical. Man some of you must not get sleep knowing Brady may be playing another three or four years. Lol
    Chances are good with the way the Pats are building at this point in Brady’s career that he gets a 7th ring yet. Man, it’s been a great ride. Unreal.

  35. i feel kind of bad for the other nfc east teams because he’s been there for SO LONG. but then again, imagine doing this many years of Brady, then having to do another 15-20 years with the guy who replaces him.

    that’s where the nfc north teams are.

  36. All the haters simply need to ask themselves: With 2 minutes left, down 4, big game… who would you rather have under center? Brady or, you know, anyone else in the NFL? Yeah, we know you’d take Brady.
    ____

    Elway. More come from behind finishes than Brady. But in fairness to Tom, he was rarely behind. GOAT.

  37. Love him or hate him, gotta respect his love for the game. He just wants to win. A lot of players say all they want is wins but then want to handicap their team by demanding huge contracts. Brady doesn’t. Actions speak louder than words and he has proven it’s about the team for him.

  38. I hope to live as long as Tom hopes to play football, the only difference is my life won’t end getting run over by a 300 lb DT. Of course the tackle will be suspended because your not allowed to hit Tom.

  39. All you salty clowns out there talking about Brady getting injured, ask yourself this- why would he suddenly get injured? He’s been hit a lot, and only got injured when a guy dove RIGHT AT HIS KNEE. Look at the guy now, compare to the 2009-2013 Tom. He’s actually BETTER. Whatever your twisted desire for him to fail is, the evidence says he’s going to play and win for 3 more years. Yes, there is a cliff. TB12 built a nice house on it and is enjoying the view. #staysalty

  40. uthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    August 1, 2019 at 1:37 am
    Unfortunately one hit to the knees and the party could be over.
    ————

    A painfully obvious and petty thing to say about any NFL player.

  41. He is still one of the best, if not the best, in the game.

    Keep going until you cant Brady. Because once its over, and the talent is lacking due to age, you cant go back and redo anything. If you have any desire at all to play again, play one more season.

  42. bengal4573 says:
    July 31, 2019 at 11:01 pm
    Love him or hate him, gotta respect his love for the game. He just wants to win. A lot of players say all they want is wins but then want to handicap their team by demanding huge contracts. Brady doesn’t. Actions speak louder than words and he has proven it’s about the team for him.

    ————

    To be fair, I don’t think Brady likes money any less than anyone else. He’s just betting on himself. Winning is his image and that is what will create a billion dollar net worth for him at some point in his future. Look at Montana… he’s done very well financially post football, partially because he is smart business man, but he’s certainly capitalized on his winning image. Brady can’t win without 52 other guys that can play, so I think for him, taking less money is the smart financial decision for his long term wealth.

  43. “Translation – Hard to give up that paycheck.”

    Brady’s made over 200 million in salary and endorsements, and his wife is worth over 1/2 a billion on her own. I don’t think Tom is too concerned with “paychecks”

    SMH

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