“I Think I Can” – Tom Brady Believes He Can Play in the NFL Till He’s 50

Published 09/17/2021, 3:29 AM EDT
BLOOMINGTON, MN – JANUARY 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots answers questions during the New England Patriots Media Availability for Super Bowl LII at the Mall of America on January 30, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4 in Super Bowl LII. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Tom Brady is currently 44 years old. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the defending NFL champions and the 44-year-old played an integral role in their win last year. Despite his age, there are still few signs of it catching up to him as he still delivers world-class performances day in and day out.

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It is certainly insane to think of an athlete continuing to play at a high level with such longevity in any sport, but if anyone can do it, it is certainly Tom Brady. Recently, in a series of interviews and videos, the NFL legend hinted at his capabilities of playing at a world-class level until the age of 50.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“I don’t find it so difficult” – Tom Brady believes he can play till he is 50

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently released a video on their website where star players Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski indulge in a game of answering the Internet’s most searched questions. When Tom was quipped about if he will play till he’s 50, Brady sounded positive about it.

“Wow. Seems to be a really hot question lately,” Brady said. “Can Tom Brady play ’til 50? Like, 50 years old? I don’t find it so difficult. Plus, in Florida, it’s kind of a retiree state, so I feel like I can play and then just glide into retirement. I think I can. I think it’s a yes.”

Hearing this answer, Gronkowski asked a follow-up question and quipped if his wife, Gisele Bundchen would be fine with him playing till 50? Hearing this question, Brady laughed and remarked that this is a “way better question”. He later answered the question, stating his wife would support him as long as he is happy.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on as the second quarter ends against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“He looks like a 25-year-old” Bucs quarterback coach on Brady’s fitness

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The Bucs quarterback’s fitness has never been in question. This was further verified by Bucs quarterback coach Clyde Christensen as well. Speaking to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Clyde said, “I’m no doctor but I know this, he looks like a 25-year-old out there bouncing around. He’s enjoying himself. You can tell he’s comfortable and he feels good. He’s really had a nice, nice camp and it really is amazing for all of us who have watched him for so many years.”

Brady also expressed his wish to Tampa Bay Times about him wanting to play as long as possible. He also expressed his pleasure in moving to Boston as he is enjoying himself there. “Hopefully, I’ll be here a long time,” Brady told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “For many years.”

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady waves as U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes members of the NFL Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a reception on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“Whatever I thought I was getting into, it’s been so much better. As good as I could’ve envisioned, it’s been even more enjoyable than that. It’s pretty much a different life than being in the Northeast. I had a great 20 years and I never want to take away from that. Also, this experience has been amazing. [Tampa’s] a great-kept secret. It’s a small city. Everything is close. The airport is close. Work is close. We live on the water.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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