Going into his 18th professional season, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still as driven and respected as ever.
With the first media availability at Thursday’s OTAs, players, coaches and reporters took note at how Brady, who will turn 40 this upcoming season, still plays with the same fire he had as when he started out in 2000.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss mentioned the fact that while watching the practice, it was hard to miss how Brady was part-quarterback, part-coach. A drill with pass-catching running backs really brought out the fact that the QB is still very focused on fundamentals the same way he was when he was a rookie.
“He’s the same person,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said, “I haven’t seen anything change in that regard, and I wouldn’t expect it to.”
“Very consistent,” McDaniels continued, “Great condition, works very hard, great attitude, comes out prepared every single day, has done a great job of taking care of his body and being ready to go in the spring.”
Before the start of the practice, Bill Belichick and Devin McCourty also talked about Brady’s passion and enthusiasm for the sport, saying that he brings it every single day. McCourty said that “when the best player is also one of the hardest working players, others can’t help but follow along.”
Brady’s leadership and initiative are to thank for his incredible successes over the years, and don’t look for him to change anytime soon.