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More Brady with Oprah: 'There's definitely an end coming...'

More Brady with Oprah: 'There's definitely an end coming...'

For those of you not spending your Father's Day watching Tom Brady's sit-down with Oprah Winfrey at 11 a.m. on Oprah's OWN channel, we have some more highlights that were released a day ahead of the show, including the Patriots quarterback seeing an end coming to his playing career "sooner, rather than later."

“I think about it more now than I used to,” Brady, who turns 41 Aug. 3, when asked about life after football.  “I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.”

"Is that end 43? 45?" Winfrey asks. 

As long as I’m still loving it,” he said. “As long as I’m loving the training and the preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I alluded to a lot in the docu-series [“Tom vs. Time” on Facebook], there’s other things happening in my life, too. I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there, driving my kids to their games. My kids have brought a great perspective in my life. Kids just want the attention. You better be there. And be available to them.”

Here's that clip:

In another excerpt, Brady bristles at being called the Greatest Of All Time - i.e. The GOAT.

"I don’t feel that way. I’m not attached to that feeling,” Brady said. “I don’t care whether people think that or not. I want to be the best that I can be. I know when I go out there, it’s not to compare myself to this guy or that guy. Everyone plays good.”

Brady, who skipped the voluntary portion of Patriots workouts in May, attended mini-camp June 5-7, then missed the abbreviated voluntary sessions last week, mentions that he was "practicing the last two days." 

“I still feel like I’m in it. I still feel like I’m doing it. There’s still more to be accomplished,” Brady said. “I was practicing the last two days, working on my technique, on my fundamentals, all the things with my training. I still feel like I can be better, be a percentage better. I’ve played a long time. It’s not like you go, ‘Hey man, I’m going to become something different.’ I am what I am. I know my strengths. I’ve improved on some of the weaknesses and I still think I want to go out there and compete and play with a bunch of 22-year-olds.”

For earlier highlights, where TB12 discusses the NFL players' protests during the national anthem, spirituality and his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, click here. 

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Khalil Mack likely limited by an ankle injury this weekend against the Patriots

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Khalil Mack likely limited by an ankle injury this weekend against the Patriots

Khalil Mack has been a one-man wrecking crew since arriving in Chicago. He's squarely in the early conversation for Defensive Player of the Year and in his first five games with the Bears he had five sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and a touchdown. 

But Sunday, in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins, Mack injured his right ankle. He did it in the first half and returned to play 79 percent of the plays but he was rendered a non-factor. 

Mack is getting tests on his ankle this week and will almost certainly be somewhat limited on Sunday when the Bears host the Patriots. 

The Patriots will be wishing Mack a full but not-so-speedy recovery. Tom Brady's been sacked eight times in the first six games - a reasonable rate - and just twice in the past three games. One of those - the strip sack on Sunday night - was completely on him. The other came when Kansas City's Chris Jones violated the Patriots backfield at the snap. The Chiefs were without their best pass rusher, Justin Houston, on Sunday night. New England did a great job neutralizing their other edge rusher, Dee Ford, who Brady said was "screaming off the edge" most of the night. 

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Breakfast Podcast: Patriots take down Chiefs, Bregman trolls Eovaldi

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Breakfast Podcast: Patriots take down Chiefs, Bregman trolls Eovaldi

1:00 - Tom E. Curran breaks down the Patriots shootout victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

6:19 - Evan Drellich explains Alex Bregman’s trash talk, and discusses Chris Sale being released from the hospital.

11:07 - A. Sherrod Blakey and Kyle Draper discuss how many minutes Gordon Hayward will play in the Celtics season opener on Tuesday night, and why the regular season will be different from the preseason.

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