Tom Brady opens up more on future: 'I think I still can play at a championship level'

Ryan Hannable
January 06, 2020 - 8:08 am

Tom Brady's postgame press conference Saturday night didn't exactly offer much when it comes to his future plans and how he will approach being a free agent for the first time in his career.

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But, the 42-year-old did open up a little more to NBC Sports' Peter King and it seems apparent Brady will be playing in 2020, it just remains to be seen where.

“I think I’m just . . . I’ll explore those opportunities whenever they are. If it’s the Patriots, great. If that doesn’t work, I don’t know," he said. "I just don’t know. I love playing football. I still want to play football. I think I still can play at a championship level. I’ve just got to go do it. I’m motivated to get back to work and training.”

The Patriots' season ended with a 20-13 loss to the Titans on Wild Card Weekend, but Brady wasn't as upset as some might have expected.

“I’m not crushingly disappointed,” he said to King. “I think we fought hard. Our head is held high. We’re competitors. Every season doesn’t end in a Super Bowl win. It’s exciting when it does. You relish those when you have those opportunities and we’ve had them more than anyone else. I’m proud of the guys for fighting hard. But those other guys [the Titans] are competitive too, and they deserved to win tonight. We just didn’t make the plays the last half of the season that we needed to make. Didn’t make the plays tonight.”

As for Brady's future, even owner Robert Kraft doesn't really know what is going to happen, telling King he hopes and prays Brady returns.

Whatever that future is, it does seem like it will be on a football field and not in retirement.

“The sun’s coming up tomorrow,” Brady said. “Especially as I’ve gotten older, you realize that life goes on. I’ve been so fortunate to play for such a great owner and for such a great coach. Nobody could have had it better than me. I absolutely still do love this game. . . . I think a lot of other people who are great at what they do—great artists or great actors or great businessmen—they don’t have to stop what they love as they get older. I know there’s football still in here."

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