Patriots’ Brady says he wants to play ’10 more years’
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady has no plans to retire anytime soon.
That means the AFC East – and the rest of the NFL, for that matter – might have to deal with the New England Patriots quarterback for a while longer.
”I’d like to play a long time, yeah, a long time,” Brady said during a conference call with New York Jets reporters Wednesday.
”There’s a lot that goes into playing well. I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, but I want to play for a long time. Maybe 10 more years. I think that’s probably what my goal is.”
When asked if he was being serious about playing another decade, Brady insisted that is definitely his plan.
”Well, it’s not always up to me,” he acknowledged. ”That’s what my goals are, so that’s just what I’m hoping. And it will take a lot to achieve that. Obviously, a team has to want you, but I think that’s, you know, I love playing this sport. I love making a commitment to my teammates and my coaches, and hopefully I can do it for a long time.”
The 38-year-old Brady has shown no signs of slowing down.
He’s tied for second in the league with 14 touchdown passes while throwing just one interception. His 1,699 yards passing rank him fifth in the NFL, and he is completing 70.6 percent of his passes.
”It’s a great mark, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. ”To complete 70 percent is hard to do, but I would say it may reflect on the quarterback, but to me, it really reflects on the entire offense because it’s just, you’ve got to spread it around to different people.”
Brady’s Patriots (5-0) take on the AFC East-rival Jets (4-1) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. New England has the second-ranked overall offense, while New York boasts the No. 1 overall defense.
”They’re loaded with players and that’s, I think, why they’re tops in the league in basically every category that you look at,” Brady said. ”So it’s a big challenge, and hopefully we can nail things down by the time the game kicks off Sunday.”
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