Quarterback Tom Brady was full of hot takes when speaking to Jim Gray at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California.
After weeks of rumors with us not knowing how much longer he’d be a New England Patriot, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback is pretty sure about what he wants to do, and that’s to play until he can’t.
“I have personal goals. I want to keep playing,” Brady said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “I’ve said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years, when I was 36-37, ‘You can’t keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls.’ It’s a great challenge for me. I think I’ve been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it.”
During the Q&A, Gray asked Brady if he feels appreciated by the Patriots and if the organization has the appropriate amount of gratitude for all he’s accomplished.
Brady then looked into the crowd and said, “I plead the fifth,” so we know not everything is peachy in Boston.
Elsewhere in the Q&A, he made it clear that while Belichick isn’t the easiest coach to play for, he’s done a great job at maximizing the talent of the team and that he’s the best coach for him. Praise him as he did, it’s still odd to plead the fifth on a question that could’ve quickly been shut down. He’s taken a step back from the game during the off-season to spend more time with his wife and three kids. But Belichick is still his usual hard-nosed self during OTAs.
Stepping away from the game, the 40-year-old star also made it clear that he sees no problem with guys exercising the right to kneel during the national anthem.
“You have to have respect for everyone’s opinions. Sports for me has been the most unifying part of my life. Never forget that,” Brady said. This is a welcomed tune change from Brady, who once blindly supported Donald Trump’s views. Even Pats owner Robert Kraft, who’s said he has a deeply personal relationship with Trump, has come to the conclusion that some of his remarks are divisive and “not in the best interest of America.”
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