Tom Brady: Robert Kraft has always supported me in my beliefs and thoughts

Ryan Hannable
January 31, 2019 - 8:12 am

ATLANTA — Robert Kraft met with a small group of reporters following Roger Goodell’s state of the league address Wednesday and one of the biggest takeaways was his commitment towards Tom Brady, even at 41 years old.

“Well, think about it,” he said. “The last three years we’ve been privileged to go to the Super Bowl with a quarterback in place. I would be quite surprised if he didn’t continue for quite a while as our quarterback.”

A few hours later, Brady spoke on his desire to play until he’s 45, while also noting Kraft has always supported him when it comes to playing into his mid-40s.

“I sure hope I can,” Brady said. “It is a big task. It is a big commitment. I obviously want to make that commitment and I have talked about that for a long time being a goal. I think you set your goals high and you don’t waver. You make decisions that are in line with your priorities. When you make those decisions it is a real conscious decision to say, ‘OK no, this is a very high priority and if I want to accomplish this goal these are the steps I need to take.’ I think I have improved that efficiency over the years. 

“The reality is I don't think many people thought I'd be playing like this, even though I had a great belief I would. I think RKK has always supported me in my beliefs and thoughts. That is why we have a great relationship.”

Brady also noted his health is very good, which helps in making it until 45.

“I have talked about that for a long time and I think part of me being — a lot of the work that has been done over the last 15 years with Alex [Guerrero] has given me that opportunity,” he said. “I think that is something I owe to myself to see how I can keep pushing the envelope. It is very unchartered territory. I think when you are in unchartered territory you are trying to prove things to yourself, too. I feel great this time of year. I have nothing that I am dealing with. Part of it is just being in a good place mentally and physically.”

As of now, Brady has one more year left on his contract, but has a cap hit of $23 million, which means an extension could be on the table this offseason.

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