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Darrelle Revis: Patriots QB Tom Brady 'is the ultimate competitor'

Darrelle Revis: Patriots QB Tom Brady 'is the ultimate competitor'

There are many things that have helped make New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady such a great player for nearly two decades, and his ultra competitiveness certainly is near the top of the list.

In the latest NFL 100 roundtable, legendary defensive backs gathered to talk about Brady, and some of the attributes that have made him so great for so long.

Darrelle Revis had a unique perspective as the only player on the roundtable who had played against and played with Brady. Revis signed a one-year contract with the Patriots in 2014 and went on to win Super Bowl XLIX with the veteran quarterback that season.

The future Hall of Fame cornerback had an up close view of Brady's competitive fire in 2014, and he came away quite impressed.

"I had an opportunity to actually play with Tom," Revis said. "(We were) rivals for six years. I was on one side, playing for the New York Jets, competing against him and studying against him. Then also team up with him, and actually win a Super Bowl. When you're on the rival side, you're always studying and trying to figure this guy out week in and week out. You play them twice per year. Same conference -- you're trying to figure this guy out. What does he have that I don't have? What is driving him more than my drive? When I had the opportunity to team up with him and I was around him every day, I was like, 'Yeah, this guy is the ultimate competitor.'"

Part of Brady's competitive edge comes from different points in his career when few people believed in him. He always had to battle for his starting job at the University of Michigan, and then every NFL team passed on Brady several times during the 2000 draft before the Patriots finally selected him with the 199th overal pick.

Even after winning multiple Super Bowl titles and building a resumé worthing of GOAT status, Brady still receives a ton of criticism from certain members of the media. The chip on Brady's shoulder isn't likely to go away until he retires, and that drive will certainly help the Patriots in 2019 as they attempt to win what would be a record-breaking seventh Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

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Why Tom Brady picks 45 as the age he wants to play until

Why Tom Brady picks 45 as the age he wants to play until

Whenever Tom Brady is asked about when he plans on calling it a career, it comes back to one number: 45.

The New England Patriots quarterback, now 42, has mentioned on multiple occasions 45 as the age he'd like to play until. But why 45 and not, say, 44 or 46?

Brady explained Wednesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" why he's always going with that specific number.

“I think I have always said 45 just because that’s a good goal to set because that is one that has been pretty hard to get to for most guys. I think you have to have goals — you have daily goals, you have yearly goals and you have long-term goals," Brady said. "I think for me it’s really just the love of football. I don’t know if or when I will ever not love it. That’s the thing.

"I don’t know, it’s just some people are maybe great guitarists, there’s great chefs, there’s great lawyers, there’s great artists, actors, you name it. I think if you really love it, why should you stop? You just love it. I don’t know how to explain it other than I love doing it and that is enough for me.”

At this stage of Brady's career, even as he continues to play at a high level, the six-time Super Bowl champion is constantly faced with questions about his future. Brady, who can become a free agent for the first time after this season, understands why it remains such a popular topic, and he isn't taking his ability to step onto the gridiron at age 42 for granted.

“I think it is a natural question for most athletes that are getting older," Brady said. "It’s not going to last forever, so at some point, it comes to an end and everyone wants to be the first one to predict it. I feel like I am just being honest with myself that I am going to do the best I can do. I feel like everything at this point is just gravy.

"The fact I get to go out and play professional football at 42 is pretty cool. I still love doing it and I still love the competition. I don’t know when that will ever leave. I don’t know if it will ever leave. I don’t know what factors will contribute, but I am trying to be in the moment and the thing about football is it is a contact sport. It’s not basketball, it’s not baseball — really any game could be your last game. I think it is good to have that perspective, too.”

Brady has the Patriots in a position to make yet another Super Bowl run as they enter Week 11 with an 8-1 record. They'll aim to come out of the bye week strong when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Super Bowl 52 rematch on Sunday.

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Chris Long explains differences between 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles

Chris Long explains differences between 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles

Chris Long had spent most of his NFL career on losing teams. Then, he went and won back-to-back Super Bowl titles with the 2016 Patriots and the 2017 Eagles.

While the final result for both teams was the same, Long saw plenty of differences with the way Philadelphia went about their business compared to the Patriots. The former defensive end discussed in detail with Tom E. Curran in the latest Patriots Talk Podcast.

"The difference between New England and Philly was like, that was the first time [the Eagles have won the Super Bowl]," Long told Curran. "So whatever it was like when the Patriots won for the first time, that's what I walked into in Philly."

Long also touched on Lane Johnson's comments about Pats players "not having fun" in New England.

"In New England, they tend to do things a different way and it's the Patriot Way, but you also have had 'the GOAT [Tom Brady]' for 20 years and you've got 'The Hoodie' [Bill Belichick]," Long said. "So that continuity... and of course part of that is the way Bill does things and the way they've designed that organization.

"Every organization is different and some are more 'fun' than others. I also consider having a bunch of awesome teammates in New England a lot of fun and I thought winning was a lot of fun because for eight years, I was on crap teams."

You can hear everything Long had to say by listening to the Patriots Talk Podcast below.

Other topics on the show include Long's upcoming media company, "Chalk Media," how athletes deal with social anxiety, Colin Kaepernick's upcoming NFL workout, and Long's new NBA "side team."

Listen to the full episode below (Patriots/Eagles discussion begins at 24:31):

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