Brady: I'll keep working to be a lifelong Patriot

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Brady: I'll keep working to be a lifelong Patriot

There's been a lot of talk hereabouts about athletic entitlement, with the Red Sox -- seen as spoiled and underachieving -- being used by talk-show hosts as a prime example.

But that's not something local fans will ever have to worry about with Tom Brady.

The Patriots quarterback -- in an interview with SI.com's Peter King about his fundraiser for organization called Best Buddies, a volunteer movement that promotes personal and professional relationships and work opportunities for intellectually and developmentally disabled people -- said he wants to play his entire career in New England, but thinks he'll have to keep earning the job year after year.

"I just met with Coach Bill Belichick last Thursday morning,'' Brady said. "I still feel like I'm in my first year trying to prove myself. There's no entitlement around Coach Belichick. I've got to be the best guy for him to keep playing me. When I'm not, someone else will play.''

He pointed to Peyton Manning moving from the Colts to the Broncos as proof that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.

"That's a great example of how sometimes true professionals have to move on,'' he said. "Nothing surprises me anymore in the NFL.''

He also touched on several other topics:

On Matt Light's retirement: "Well, Matt called me a while ago and told me what he was planning to do, and I've called him every week since then trying to talk him out of it. He had such a great year for us. But there was no way I was going to be able to talk him out of it. He'll be a tough player to replace. But, you know, every year in this game, there's a lot of change.''

On how long he plans to play: "Gisele Bundchen, his wife said to me, 'When I met you in 2006, you said you wanted to play 10 more years. How come that number never goes down?' It's that I love the game. I love the game. I'm going to play until they tell me they don't want me anymore.''

On his arm strength, after King noted a fourth-quarter pass in the Super Bowl to Rob Gronkowski was underthrown by four to six yards and intercepted by Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn: "It was a bad throw. Bad throw. You hope your bad throws don't come at big times or really hurt the team, but that one did. Bad throw, bad decision . . . I can throw the ball today as far as I've ever been able to throw it. That's not the issue there. Brett Favre threw it great in his last year or so. 50-year-old Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer's still getting people out. That's not a problem.''

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.