Ahead of his 10th Super Bowl, Tom Brady says he’s open to playing beyond 45

February 2, 2021

(CNN) — He may be 43 years old and about to play in his tenth Super BowlBut Tom Brady isn’t ready to seriously consider retirement yet.

The legendary quarterback said Monday, the minimalist opening night of the Super Bowl in the midst of the pandemic, that he could even have a few more seasons and would “definitely consider” playing after 45.

“It’s a physical sport and the perspective I have on it is that you never know when it’s time,” said Brady, whose team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV this Sunday. .

“It is a contact sport and a lot of it involves training. And again, I have to be 100% committed on my part to keep doing it. “

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Brady could win a seventh Super Bowl ring in Tampa this weekend, in addition to potentially leading the Bucs to a second championship, the first since 2003.

He will be participating in his third Super Bowl in four seasons and, since he turned 40, has led the NFL with 47 wins.

A seventh title would see Brady surpass Michael Jordan, the NBA player who won six championships between 1991 and 1998.

“Michael is one of my sports idols, I think he’s pretty amazing,” Brady said.

“For me, it’s about being part of many great teams. Having the opportunity to play this game means a lot to me.

“We are one game away from the final goal in this sport. And I’ve been part of that end goal six other times. So they are all different. They have all meant something a little different to me. They have all been unique in some way. And it will be great to do it this time.

«I do not compare them with the other times. Those were all magical moments in my life and no one could take those moments from me. And I hope we can finish this season strong and win a Super Bowl. That is why we are here.

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Brady will face Patrick Mahomes this weekend, a quarterback 18 years his junior in hopes of leading the Chiefs to victory.

It is the first Super Bowl meeting between the winning quarterbacks from the previous two Super Bowls. Brady won with the New England Patriots in 2019.

“I really admire Patrick for the type of player he is. He has a great command of his team. I know his teammates love to play with him. He has great charisma, “said Brady.

And I think when I see Patrick, I see someone who, again, none of these moments is too big for him.

And the times I’ve had the opportunity to talk to him off the pitch, I’ve certainly enjoyed it. And he is a great player. I know it is still early in his career, but what he finally achieves will depend on him.