Fresh off his fifth Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, who turns 40 in August, claims he's still got a lot of football left in him.
Brady made an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and talked about his immediate future. Unlike Peyton Manning when he won his second ring and retired after Super Bowl 50, Brady wants to keep going as the superstar under center for the Patriots, transcription via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk:
“If it was up to my wife she would have me retire today,” Brady said. “She told me that last night three times. And I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it then, I mean I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”
Although most veteran quarterbacks seem to hit a proverbial wall in their mid to late 30s, Brady continues to play at an extremely high level for the Patriots. Ironically enough, missing the first four games of the 2016 NFL season may have only benefited Brady giving him some extra time to prepare for another Super Bowl run and extend his career beyond this past season.
With New England still an AFC heavyweight with Brady, Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski in the fold, the Patriots may be able to sustain their success as the team's star quarterback holds off Father Time for a little bit longer.
Brady is currently under contract for three more seasons with the future Hall of Famer set to make a base salary of $1 million next season. The veteran quarterback took a pay cut to help out the team and is coming off a season in which his base salary was even lower than what he'll make next year at $764,705.
The final two years of his deal with the Patriots he'll make $14 million each season.