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Tom Brady explains why he wants to play until he's 45 years old

Ryan Hannable
January 08, 2019 - 7:46 pm

Tom Brady has been on record saying he wants to play until he's 45 years old.

While he's said that for a few years now, we've never really heard why -- until Tuesday.

The 41-year-old answered that question on the Why Sports Matter podcast, which is produced by Religion of Sports, a company Brady is one of the co-founders of. (UPDATE: This was recorded before the start of the 2018 season.)

“Once you stop, you’re done," Brady said. "I still feel there’s things to accomplish. And I’ve had an opportunity, based on all the things that happened the last 12 years of my life, you know, to put myself in a position to achieve things that no one else has achieved.

"So I feel like I kind of have to do it. ... It’s [expletive] going to be hard to do. But I think I can do it.”

Brady revealed he feels most himself when he's playing football.

“When I’m out on the field in front of 70,000 people, I can kind of do what I want," he said. "I can really be who I am. I get to be me, with my raw emotion and energy. If I want to scream at somebody, I can scream at somebody. But you don’t really see me do that any place else.”

Added Brady: “I don’t trust a lot of people. That’s probably why I love football so much because it allows me to be who I am in a very authentic way that is hard for me to be when I walk off the field.”

Brady and the Patriots will take the field Sunday afternoon against the Chargers in the AFC divisional round.

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