Brady: Hope commitment makes me most entitled to play

Brady: Hope commitment makes me most entitled to play
May 26, 2014, 11:30 am
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Tom Brady will be 37 years old in August.

But he has a message for you, as told to Peter King in The MMQB on Monday.

“You know, you don’t have to suck when you get older."

Brady spoke with King recently in what King says was about a 40-minute conversation. While Brady is getting up there in age, he says he's not feeling the effects of it. In fact, on the contrary.

“It’s hard to explain this to people," Brady said, "but the commitment I make, in terms of keeping my body in shape and my nutrition right, should make me healthy. I feel better today than when I was 25, and I know that’s hard for people to believe, but I do. I work at it. Basically, I work all off-season to prepare my body to not get hurt. I can’t help the team if I’m on the sidelines. I’ve got to be durable.”

Regardless of how good Brady feels, Bill Belichick still chose a quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. That was no surprise to Brady whatsoever. He understands that Belichick wants to put the best possible team out there, regardless of who it is.

“I had a pretty good idea we’d take a quarterback,” Brady said. “Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win. It’s not my role to choose players here, thankfully. And this is not the first time they’ve taken another quarterback either. There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything. I just hope I’m the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here.”

Brady has gone on record expressing his love for the game multiple times, and again did so to King. He has no plans of leaving the game anytime soon, and we also learned that when he does hang up the cleats, he may still be around the game.

“There’s nothing that can wake me up at 5 o’clock in the morning on a Thursday in May like getting ready for a day of football," Brady said. "I want to play a long time. There’s nothing I like doing that’s close to football. What’ll I do when I’m done playing? I don’t know, but I know it won’t be nearly as fun. I can tell you neither me nor Peyton [Manning] will probably be very far from the game of football when we’re done.”

Until that day comes, Brady will be up early and working late. He knows even he can't afford to take much time off in the offseason.

"I was the 199th pick in the draft for a reason," Brady said. "I need to maximize my efficiency, my mechanics and my reps to be sure I stay on top of my game.”