Tom Brady gave the first of what no doubt will be many non-answers about the Aaron Hernandez situation -- from both himself and other members of the Patriots -- in an interview with Peter King for King's new SI site, 'The MMQB.'
When King asked, "What's your reaction to Aaron Hernandez's being arrested and cut from the team, and how will his absence affect your offense?", Brady replied:
"I’ve seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what’s in the best interest of the team matters most. My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on. I’m focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games. The only thing I care about is winning. Nothing is going to ever get in the way of that goal. I’m just excited to report to camp and see what we can accomplish as a team. The fate of our season will be determined by the players in our locker room -- nothing else."
Brady also said he hopes to play "beyond [the age of] 40 . . . [whether] the New England Patriots want me, or anyone wants me," and discussed his friendship with Peyton Manning.