Tom Brady is entering his 15th year in the NFL. He is 36 years old and getting older every day, just like the rest of us. And he has a message that everyone should hear: "You know, you don't have to suck when you get older."
Brady was talking to Sports Illustrated's Peter King about sucking on the football field, specifically, and how hard he works to fight off the inevitable.
"It's hard to explain this to people, but the commitment I make, in terms of keeping my body in shape and my nutrition right, should make me healthy," Brady said. "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 offseason to prepare my body to not get hurt."
Brady wouldn't provide an answer to how much longer he will continue to play, but he did say, "I want to play for a long time. There's nothing I like doing that's close to football."
Many of Brady's numbers took a precipitous drop last season, especially his touchdown total, which went from 38 to 25. Most of the blame can deservedly be put on an injury-depleted and very young receiving corps. But will things change much for 2014? A full season of Julian Edelman will be nice, but Rob Gronkowski is coming back from yet another major injury. He may not be ready for the start of the season, and the Patriots don't really have an offensive option behind him at that position. Can Danny Amendola ever stay healthy, and will Aaron Dobson take a step forward in his second year? Those questions are critical to the Patriots' success and unable to be answered until well into the season. That moves Brady down to low-end QB1 territory for drafts.