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Tom Brady 'absolutely' believes he will play in 2019

Ryan Hannable
December 26, 2018 - 9:19 am

Tom Brady is 41 years old, so it's always going to be a question at the end of each season -- will he play the following year?

Appearing on Westwood One Radio prior to Monday Night Football, Brady was asked that very question by Jim Gray and the quarterback believes he will, and longer than that.

“I absolutely believe I will," he said. "I have talked about it for a long time. I have goals not only to play next year, but beyond that. I am going to try and do it as best I possibly can. I am going to give it everything I have like I always have. It will certainly be a challenge. I don’t take any of these things for granted. But, I hope I can keep playing and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level.”

The quarterback touched a number of subjects as well, one of them back to Sunday's win over the Bills and coming out with 6:39 remaining in the game and the team leading by 18 points. Brady said he didn't have a problem with it.

"It didn't bother me," he said. "Coach [Belichick] makes those decisions and we had a pretty good lead and coach felt like taking me out was the thing to do. I am always happy when Brian Hoyer gets a chance to go in there and play. It obviously keeps him into the games. It is good to be standing on the sideline when you’re winning, I’ll tell you that. I have been on the other end of that when you’re taken out because you’re losing and that sucks a lot worse.”

The Patriots will close out the regular season this week at home against the Jets. A win guarantees them at least the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

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