Tom Brady’s advice to young quarterbacks who want to have a long career: “Good luck”

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As Tom Brady thrives at age 44 and muses about playing until he’s 50, he was asked on Thursday to explain what he’d tell young quarterbacks who hope to have long NFL careers.

“Good luck,” Brady said.

“It’s tough, but it’s up to them,” he added. “Yeah, if you do the right stuff, you have a shot. But I see a lot of people not do the right stuff. I try to influence the people I can. First of all, you have to love it. If you want to do it for a long period of time, you have to really excel at it and that really comes from loving it. It’s a lot of different motivations over long periods of time. Lots of little things at different moments – some is more motivation, some is more inspiration, but there are a lot of different things that play into it.”

Dedication is a huge part of it. A willingness to devote your life to your craft. Diet, exercise, sleep, study, everything. Year in and year out. Over and over again.

Brady had all of it, along with plenty of luck. And possibly a deal with the devil. The longer he keeps playing, the more likely that scenario becomes.

8 responses to “Tom Brady’s advice to young quarterbacks who want to have a long career: “Good luck”

  1. You also need a high football IQ. Know when to throw the ball away and avoid big hits. This is why guys like Lamar will be lucky to make it 10 years

  2. Brady has been lucky in the sense that he has been able to make a more than comfortable living from his passion. How many of us get to work at something we’re passionate about? But it also takes a tremendous amount of nonstop work to stay in the game. I can’t imagine finding the motivation to work the way he does for over two decades.

  3. charliecharger says:
    September 16, 2021 at 6:27 pm
    Avoid contact. I don’t know how Brady does it, but he never gets hit.

    I’ve seen him get smashed for over two decades but he always takes it and has always played hurt. Poll the players – they know. Never heard him once “upplay” any injury, unlike some other true diva QBs out there that are famous.

    In recent years, he’s learned to avoid the big hit more often than not, but that’s just called being smart.

  4. I’m a working musician. I played my first gig when I was 15. I’m now 59 and still going strong. So I’ve been doing something I love successfully for 44 years–as long as Brady’s been alive. And God willing, I can continue to do it until I tip over. Top that, TB! (The only difference between us is about 250 million dollars.)

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