Tom Brady responds to speculation about future: 'I don’t know why all of this is coming up'

Ryan Hannable
October 28, 2019 - 9:16 pm

For the last week, Tom Brady's future has been a major topic following ESPN's Adam Schefter explaining prior to Monday Night Football it could be Brady's last year with the Patriots and then doubling down on it later in the week by saying the more likely scenario is he plays for another team.

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In addition, two days following the game Brady went on The Greg Hill Show and admitted even he doesn't know what his future holds with the Patriots.

“That is the great part for me, I don’t know," Brady said last week. "I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind feel like (there is) the responsibility to always fulfill the contract. For me, it’s been good because I am just taking it day-by-day and I am enjoying what I have. I don’t know what the future holds and the great part is for me, football at this point is all borrowed time."

This was a bit of a change considering for the past several years the quarterback has said countless times he wants to play until he's 45.

Speaking to Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio Monday night, Brady was asked about all the speculation.

“I don’t know. It sure seems that way, and again none of it is brought on by the things that I have said," he said. "Again, I said last week nothing has changed with my status of my team and my standing. I have really been focused on my job. A lot of the hype, a lot of the media speculation is just that. It is probably that time of year where you don’t need to focus on so much on the wins and losses, you staring to focus on a lot of other things. I think the media has the right to do that. I certainly don’t. I am focused on what I need to do this year and we’re off to a good start. I want to capitalize here in the second half of the year and that is where I am at personally.”

Gray pointed out he is in the last year of his contract and like in every other sport, speculation on the future is going to come from that.

“I don’t know why it is being brought up," Brady said. "I had a good quote that came to mind that someone told me, ‘The past and the future are in the mind. I am in the now.’ I think that is a great way to live life. I am not thinking about many things beyond this week. There’s some family things I am thinking about with the holidays coming up, but outside of that I am thinking about football and how I can be the best for the New England Patriots.”

Brady did say all the speculation doesn't bother him.

“No, because I don’t really pay attention to it," he said. "I am the only one who knows how I feel. I have said on countless times now that I am in a great place personally, professionally. I have loved the organization I am playing for. I look forward to a great second half of the season.”

So, does playing until 45 still stand?

“Yeah, I certainly hope so," Brady said. "You’re right, I have expressed that. A lot of times I think it is important for athletes to have short-term goals and long-term goals. I have set that number for a long time and I work pretty hard at it every day. I think that is part of me being a professional giving my best to the team, making sure my body is in great condition that I am able to take the field. I take a lot of pride in that. A lot of it is I am not a robot out there. It is a lot of time and energy and I enjoy putting my time and energy in those places and taking care of myself. Hopefully affording myself the ability to play as long as I want to play. I also really love the sport and I enjoy playing. Not many things have changed on that front.”

As for what he tells his family and friends? It's the same message to everyone.

“Exactly what I told you, there’s no difference," Brady said. "I don’t know why all of this is coming up. I have no idea. This is not being brought up by me. I am just doing the best I can do every day and that is what I am going to continue to do.”

The 42-year-old is set to be a free agent for the first time in his career following the season.