This should be music to Patriots fans ears.
Tom Brady did his weekly interview with WEEI's Dennis & Callahan yesterday morning. When asked about Brady's recent appearance in Men's Health Magazine, in was asked about playing until he's 50, Brady said the following about his 36-year young body: (audio here)
"The biggest difference is I feel better now than I used to feel. That's the encouraging part for me. I've found ways that I can prepare my body and prepare myself so that I don't go through that and I don't buy into the fact that as you get older you're going to have to feel crappy for the rest of your life. I try to live my life and take what I've learned over the years and apply that to my every day living so then I can wake up and feel good in the morning and be excited about going to work.Well, that would explain how Brady looks so good despite his age. At an age where most players break down, Brady looks just as sharp as ever. Just ask the legions of amazed reporters and analysts he left in his wake back in Philly.
It's really a lifestyle decision. There's certain steps that I do, that I take, that really work for me. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute that at some point to some other athletes and younger players and that's something that I actually feel really strongly about because I see so many athletes that say the exact same thing that you said, you know, "Well I'm older so I feel like crap.
Based on my experience, playing 14 years, I haven't had that experience."
This is even more amazing considering the amount of injuries Brady has endured over his 14 year career. His torn ACL in 2008 is the only time the legendary quarterback has ever missed time, but Brady has quietly played through a ton of painful injuries over the years, many of which have required offseason surgery.
If Brady really feels as good as he claims (which would seem far-fetched if he didn't look so good on the field), there's no reason to think he won't continue to excel for several more years here in New England. The guy is still playing quarterback at some of the highest levels the sport has ever seen. Maybe the inevitable breakdown with age will sneak up on him, but until then, how can you not enjoy the ride?