Tom Brady reiterates he wants to play in 2019 and beyond
Tom Brady appears to finally be showing some signs of aging this season, and the quarterback has said in the past that he will retire when he feels he can no longer play at a high level. He doesn’t expect to feel that way next season or any time in the near future.
In his weekly interview with Westwood One’s Jim Gray, Brady was asked if he plans to play football for the New England Patriots in 2019. He said his goal is to play beyond that.
"I absolutely believe I will. I know I've talked about it for a long time I have goals to play next year but beyond that…I'm going to give it eveything I have…I hope I can keep playing and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level." – Tom Brady to @westwood1sports
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) December 26, 2018
Brady also spoke about how much he still loves the game of football, even at 41.
“I’ve been able to be in a career for 19 years that I love. I wake up every day excited to go to work…fulfilled…I don’t think there’s any greater gift in my life than to have that … In my heart and soul, I love playing the sport of football.” — Tom Brady to @westwood1sports
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 26, 2018
Brady eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark this season for the seventh time in the last eight years, but his 11 interceptions are his most since 2013. His passer rating of 95.4 is — while still serviceable — the lowest mark he has posted since that same season. Still, Brady with the right weapons is better than most quarterbacks in the NFL.
There have been rumblings that the Patriots could have some major turnover this offseason, but it appears the quarterback position will remain stable for at least another year.