In an age when the lengths NFL careers are shrinking, Tom Brady is making a push to play 20 years beyond the average length of a quarterback's stay in the league.
Asked on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show Wednesday if he would like to play until he's 45 years old, something the Monday Night Football broadcast noted earlier this week, Brady said he believed that was possible.
"They kind of brought that up, and I said that'd be a great goal," Brady explained. "I certainly think I can do it. It's just a matter of how long I want to make the commitment to doing the things that get me ready to go. I love playing. I'd love to play this game as long as I can. There are a lot of things that aren't up to me. [But] I'm going to do everything I can to play at this level for as long as I can. I think I can do it."
Brady's commitment to his diet and healthy lifestyle has allowed him to remain among the best -- if he's not the best -- quarterbacks in football even at 39 years of age. He insisted that those sacrifices have actually become easier with time because he's narrowed down the list of things on which he should expend his energy.
"I think as the years have gone on, my process has actually gotten easier," he said. "I still try to work as hard as I can. I just work hard on doing the right things. When you work hard on doing the right things, you see positive results. Those re-inforce the things that you're doing so that you can just keep building on the experience . . .
"I've got years and years of logs and plays and techniques. You couple that with feeling as well as I ever have physically and I think that's a real positive for an athlete. Why would I stop now? I've worked to get to this point, and this is when I think I can really capitalize."