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How Tom Brady is motivating Steph Curry to extend his NBA career

/ by Darren Hartwell
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Want to succeed as a professional athlete past your expected prime? Best take notes from the GOAT.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who is set to appear in his 10th career Super Bowl on Sunday at age 43, has set the standard for sustained excellence in professional sports.

Stephen Curry isn't doing too bad for himself, either: The Golden State Warriors star is on pace to have one of his better scoring seasons (27.7 points per game on 46.3% shooting) at age 32 after missing all but five games in 2019-20 due to a broken hand.

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Curry already has won three NBA championships and two NBA MVP awards. But he looks to Brady -- who owns six rings and three league MVP awards -- as inspiration to keep playing at a high level for years to come.

"It's a different sport, different position," Curry told reporters Monday ahead of the Warriors' matchup with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, as seen in the video above. "But it's definitely -- the little things that you can do, that I've been doing, that I'm doing now, that I can do going forward to make sure your body is able to recover, able to stay in prime condition, so that you give yourself the best chance to be ready for season after season after season.

"And then you make the necessary adjustments of what your game needs to morph into or things like that. ... The approach and the discipline that he demonstrated on what it means to be a professional athlete at that level with that longevity, it doesn't happen by accident. So there are things that you can do to put yourself in a position to stretch it out even farther."

 

Brady is meticulous about his training, eschewing traditional weightlifting for resistance bands while swearing off unhealthy foods (no nightshades for Tom) and committing to a full night's sleep. Brady's heavy promotion of his "TB12 Method" may draw some eye rolls, but it's clearly worked for the ex-Patriots QB, who has won three Super Bowl titles past his 37th birthday.

Other athletes like Curry are taking notice by focusing on quality exercise, diet and sleep routines to extend their careers.

The Warriors haven't played since Saturday, so Curry should be well-rested when Golden State hosts the Celtics at 10 p.m. ET. Coverage on NBC Sports Boston starts at 9 p.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live."