Why Tom Brady keeps working so hard (Hint: It has to do with Bill Belichick)

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 13: Tom Brady takes questions from guests during a benefit for Best Buddies International, an international organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities to find employment and social opportunities on May 13, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Tom Brady took questions at a benefit for Best Buddies International, an international organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities to find employment and social opportunities, recently. (Bob Levey / Getty Images)

When you’re married to a super-supermodel and have more money than any celeb couple this side of Jay Z ‘n’ Beyonce, why keep playing football for a living?

Tom Brady explained what keeps him competing at the age of, almost, 37 to MMQB.com’s Peter King.

“There’s nothing that can wake me up at 5 o’clock in the morning on a Thursday morning in May like getting ready for a day of football,” Brady said in a 40-minute conversation as he headed to Gillette Stadium. “I want to play a long time. There’s nothing I like doing that’s close to football. What’ll I do when I’m done playing? I don’t know, but I know it won’t be nearly as fun. I can tell you neither me nor Peyton [Manning] will probably be very far from the game of football when we’re done.”

The New England Patriots sparked speculation that they’re beginning to consider Life After Brady when they took Jimmy Garoppolo with a second-round draft pick, but Brady isn’t terribly worried. Because of his workout regimen and attention to nutrition, he said he feels “better today than when I was 25 and  I know that’s hard for people to believe, but I do. I work at it. Basically, I work all off-season to prepare my body to not get hurt. I can’t help the team if I’m on the sidelines. I’ve got to be durable.”

Brady sounded like a 199th draft pick when he told King:

“Coach [Bill] Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win. It’s not my role to choose players here, thankfully. And this is not the first time they’ve [drafted] another quarterback either. There’s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’t expect to be given anything.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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