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Tom Brady nixes wife’s retirement hopes: ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now’

Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Tom Brady is 39 years old. He has five Super Bowl rings and millions of dollars. Most people who have attained such professional and financial success probably would be content to ride off into retirement on the heels of a major accomplishment — in this case, Brady leading the Patriots to an improbable comeback win over the Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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“If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today,” Brady told Jim Miller on his SiriusXM show Monday. “She told me that last night three times. And I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it. If you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it, then I might be so bored if I wasn’t going out there knowing that I could still do it. So I’m going to work hard to be ready to go, and I still plan on playing for a long time.”

Brady will be 40 years old by the time next season starts, joining a select crew of quarterbacks who have played in an NFL game past that age. Here’s the list since 1999: Brett Favre, Vinny Testaverde, Mark Brunell, Doug Flutie, Matt Hasselbeck, Brad Johnson and Warren Moon. Only one of those players quarterbacked a team in the playoffs: Favre for the Vikings in the 2009-10 season. Go back before that and the list doesn’t get much bigger: Earl Morrall, George Blanda, Steve DeBerg, Charlie Conerly, Len Dawson, Vince Evans, Sonny Jurgensen and Johnny Unitas combined to start just 23 games past the age of 40.

There are a bunch of Hall of Famers on that list, but most of them were well past their prime by the time they hit 40. Brady, it seems, is still well within his.