Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has left the door open for possibly playing to 46 and maybe beyond. Brady, who will turn 44 before the upcoming season starts, plans to play until he feels he is able to play at a championship level of play.
“You’ve passed your physical prime, absolutely,” Brady said during his appearance on SiriusXM town hall with Jim Gray. “I believe that I sustained it for a long period of time. But I don’t see me now — and there wouldn’t be a reason to like improve let’s say my arm strength or the distance I can throw a ball or the speed I can run physically.
It is what it is. It’s just, I’ve actually maintained that for a long period of time through a lot of unique thoughts and my workout, my recovery, my training. “You know, mentally I know how to prepare. So I think at lot of those things are — it’s not, it’s really maintaining a championship level of play.
It’s not about, you know, ‘How much better can I be at 44 than I was at 38?’ It’s more about, ‘Am I at championship level as a quarterback?’ And if I am, I’m gonna play and I’m gonna compete, because I love it.
And I love playing the game. So, you know, naturally I think for people it’s always easy to say, you know, ‘What more is there to prove?’ or ‘Why keep playing?’ I play because I love the game.
I play because I love to compete. You know, we shouldn’t stop our life, even though we love something, because it’s just someone puts an arbitrary timeline on that”.
Brady focused on the present
“I felt for a long time I could play until I was 45 years old,” Brady said.
“This year, I’ll be 44. Which naturally takes me to next year, and I’ve got a two-year contract. We’ll see what happens beyond that”. When asked by Gray if it’s possible he will play into 2023 and maybe beyond, Brady said: “I think I’ve got to get to that point first and then just evaluate how I feel and where I’m at in my life.
But things change as you get older, and there’s a lot of different responsibilities I have in my life. My kids and my family is certainly very important. They made a lot of sacrifices over a long period of time to watch me play. So I owe it to them, too”.