Patriots QB Tom Brady has gone to three straight AFC Championship games and 5 straight playoff appearances, along with 5 straight Pro Bowls – and he may be even better in 2014 at the age of 37.
The New England Patriots might be preparing themselves for a rebuild in the not too distant future after drafting QB Jimmy Garappolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft and trading away former Pro Bowl/All-Pro Guard Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers. But QB Tom Brady has no intentions of leaving the Patriots or the NFL in the near future.
“There’s nowhere I’d rather play, I know that,” Brady said, via CSNNE.com. “I love playing for this team and I love representing this team. Hopefully I can do that for as long as I can. When I suck, I’ll retire. I don’t plan on sucking for a long time. Hopefully that leads me to be in here, and there’s no place I’d rather be. I love this game and I love working hard at it.
“I’ve had a lot of people over the years tell me the things I couldn’t do, and I think that’s always been great motivation for me to go out there and accomplish things that I think I can do. Hopefully it’s to continue to play at a high level for a really long period of time.”
Plenty of QBs have managed to play at a high level or even in the Superbowl at the age Brady is at now: Peyton Manning and former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner both led teams to the Superbowl at age 37. Brett Favre took the Green Bay Packers to the NFC Championship at age 38 and took the Minnesota Vikings there in 2009 after turning 40.