Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has admitted that he will consider playing past the age of 45. Brady, 43, is enjoying success in his first season with Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers are set to host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl LV.
"Definitely. I'd definitely consider that," Brady said, per ESPN. "It's a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is you never know when that moment is. Just because it's a contact sport. There's a lot of training that goes into it.
And it has to be 100% commitment from myself to keep doing it." Despite being 43 years old, Brady is still one of the best at his position in the NFL. "I think I'll know when it's time," Brady said.
"I don't know when that time will come. But I think I'll know. And I'll understand that I gave everything I could to give to this game. You put a lot into it. I don't think I could ever go at this game half-ass.
I've gotta put everything into it. When I put it all out there, [when] I feel like I can't do it anymore, I don't feel like I can commit to the team in the way that the team needs me, then I think that's when it's probably time to walk away."
Even Brady surprised by his longevity
Brady has won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and now he is chasing to win his seventh Super Bowl overall and the first one with the Buccaneers. "I could never have imagined it would be like this.
I don't think anybody could have," Brady said. "[I've] tried to go play my ass off every week. I'm still trying to do it. This work for me has never been about -- I would have thought that success is passing yards or touchdowns or Super Bowls -- it was always maximizing my potential, being the best I could be."
"When I showed up as a freshman in high school, I didn't know how to put pads in my pants. I was just hoping to play high school football because I wanted to be like Joe Montana and Steve Young. And then when I got a chance in college, I just wanted to play at Michigan.
When I got drafted by the Patriots, I just wanted to play, I just wanted to start. It's just been a series of steps like that of trying to be a little better every year, trying to learn a little more every year, trying to grow and evolve in different areas.
"My life has taken certainly a lot of different directions," Brady said. "I'm obviously older now. I've got a family. A lot of incredible blessings in my life. Fast-forward 21 years, sitting in Tampa and trying to win a Super Bowl in our own home stadium would be pretty sweet."