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.''

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert touched briefly on the team’s unsuccessful attempt to lure Dont’a Hightower away from New England in free agency. 

Hightower returned to the Patriots this month on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million guaranteed. He was also courted by the Jets and Steelers, among others, with his offer from the Jets reported to be the biggest before they reportedly pulled it due to physical concerns. 

The Steelers also reportedly offered more money than the Patriots, with Jason La Canfora reporting that Pittsburgh offered more than $9 million annually. Hightower’s deal with the Pats pays him $8.7 million per year. 

“We made an attempt [with Hightower], it didn’t work,” Colbert told reporters. “We’re fine. We move on. Vince Williams, we were very confident in Vince. That’s why we signed him to the extension last year. So that if we got to this point and Lawrence had left us, and we didn’t sign anybody from the outside, Vince was certainly capable of stepping up and being the next guy.”

Hightower is entering his sixth season with the Patriots, who selected him with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft. 

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

It's been a long time since Tom Brady's been considered a true underdog. You might have to go back to Super Bowl XXXVI for anyone to remember a time when it seemed like the quarterback with the most championships in NFL history was a long shot to win. 

Not when it comes golf, though. 

Brady's a talented golfer, no doubt. He's eagled at Pebble Beach. He once teamed up with Jim Nantz to beat up on two US presidents

But even Brady knew he faced long odds against Jordan Spieth at Augusta. According to Brady's Instagram page, it seems as though the two Under Armour pitch men made up a foursome at the famed course about two weeks before the Masters kicked off. 

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock... #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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Brady has also taken on Augusta with Rory McIlroy. Still waiting on those scores to come out, but as with the recent Spieth round, probably shouldn't hold your breath.