Tom Brady has garnered five Super Bowl rings and even more injuries since he entered the league with the New England Patriots back in 2000.
The man turned 40 yesterday, but doesn’t appear to be at all close to retirement—not when you consider he was arguably the league’s best quarterback when he played last year while leading the Pats to another Super Bowl championship.
And not when you consider what he’s been telling those around him.
“I truly believe TB can play as long as he wants to play,” former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, a one-time rival of Brady’s, told Undisputed on Thursday. “I had a conversation with him … I asked him at the MVP celebration … we were standing beside each other and I said ‘TB how long are you going to go?’ And he said ‘I’m probably going to go until I’m 45.’ I was like ‘look, ride this thing out.’”
A future Hall of Famer in his own right, Lewis doesn’t doubt Brady’s prediction.
“You have a true professional, that understands the dynamics of taking care of his body,” Lewis continued. “Who understands—you know, he doesn’t live a crazy lifestyle. Always going home, always taking care of his business, always studying. … “For this guy to keep doing what he’s doing he’s at the top of the food chain right now. Who knows? I think winning is a disease. You don’t like to stop winning.”
Back in March, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tom Brady had told him something similar.
“As recently as two to three days ago, he assured me he’d be willing to play six to seven more years and at the level he performed,” Kraft said. “There’s no one that would be happier than I, and our fan base.”
He also cited Brady’s insane level of commitment to health as reason not to dismiss the quarterback’s playing into his mid-40s.
“I think Tommy’s sustained excellence is just unbelievable,” Kraft said. “It’s a lifestyle. He’s in training now, it’s not like he’s stopped.”
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 3, 2017