Tom Brady on OMF discusses N'Keal Harry, what keeps him wanting to play until 45

Ryan Hannable
November 13, 2019 - 8:06 pm
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday as part of Christian Fauria’s “25 for 25s” event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

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Brady touched on a number of different subjects, including his playing days with Fauria and then some current matters.

Rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry has been a major topic of late, and Brady was asked about if it is fair to read into some of the short comments made regarding Harry. The Patriots quarterback explained how it's not really fair to Harry to say anything that would lead to unfair expectations.

“I think with our team, what I think we’ve done over the years is we’ve not projected expectations for people that put them in an unfair position that people are expecting things that, you know, are not in my control. If you want to ask someone like N’Keal how he feels he’s doing, you should ask him," Brady said. "To ask me, and then put unfair expectations on a younger player, I don’t think that is helpful at all. It is really up to each individual player. It is not just N’Keal because I like N’Keal a lot. Everybody’s role is earned and I think that is the mark of the Patriots and that is part of the culture -- you have to come out here and you have to earn a spot and earn a role. You do that through practice, earning the trust of your teammates and your coaches that you can be talented when the moments are their biggest."

Harry was activated to the 53-man roster prior to the Ravens game, but he was not active for the game. There's no indication yet if he will be active for this week's game against the Eagles, but Brady praised the rookie for what he's done so far since returning to the practice field.

"Unfortunately for N’Keal, he got hurt early in training camp. He didn’t have the development when other guys were practicing for over two months," Brady said. "He’s working hard. He’s extremely hard-working. He wants to do it. He’s got a great edge about him. I really love that. I really love his tenacity and he’s learning every day, and he’s working hard to get better. I think that is all you can ask of a younger player.” 

Brady also hit on his playing future, including if he's sick of answering questions regarding his future?

“I think it is a natural question for most athletes that are getting older," he said. "It’s not going to last forever, so at some point it comes to an end and everyone wants to be the first one to predict it. I feel like I am just being honest with myself that I am going to do the best I can do. I feel like everything at this point is just gravy. The fact I get to go out and play professional football at 42 is pretty cool. I still love doing it and I still love the competition. I don’t know when that will ever leave. I don’t know if it will ever leave. I don’t know what factors will contribute, but I am trying to be in the moment and the thing about football is it is a contact sport. It’s not basketball, it’s not baseball — really any game could be your last game. I think it is good to have that perspective, too.”

The 42-year-old was also asked what keeps him going -- playing until 45 or winning the next championship?

“I think I have always said 45 just because that’s a good goal to set because that is one that has been pretty hard to get to for most guys. I think you have to have goals — you have daily goals, you have yearly goals and you have long-term goals," Brady said. "I think for me it’s really just the love of football. I don’t know if or when I will ever not love it. That’s the thing. I don’t know, it’s just some people are maybe great guitarists, there’s great chefs, there’s great lawyers, there’s great artists, actors, you name it. I think if you really love it, why should you stop? You just love it. I don’t know how to explain it other than I love doing it and that is enough for me.”

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