|Brady: ‘I want to play another 10 years’||05.26.09 at 12:13 pm ET|
In his first extensive interview since his knee injury at the start of the 2008 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tells Sports Illustrated his recovery is on schedule, and that he wants to play “another 10 years.”
In a wide-ranging sitdown with Peter King, Brady touches on a number of different topics, including the fact that he holds no ill-will toward Chiefs’ defensive back Bernard Pollard and he felt “pretty empty” after being helped to the sideline immediately following his injury.
But right now, eight months later, Brady says there’s nothing he cannot do.
“I’ve done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard,” said Brady, who participated in Tuesday’s organized training activity with the rest of the roster. “Right now, I’m doing everything. Literally everything. There’s nothing I can’t do.”
Brady discussed his surgery and rehab, and said the much-publicized staph infection that developed in the wake of the surgery was the result of him wanting to play with his son Jack in the days after the operation. He put his son on his shoulder and moved around the hospital room, playing with him. A hematoma developed in the knee, and the staph infection ensued.
“I wanted to prove I could move around and get ahead of schedule,” Brady told King, “and nothing was going to stop me. Unfortunately I did too much too soon. I was responsible for the infection. In a way it was probably good for me — it slowed me down a little bit.”
The 31-year-old Brady said “a very big goal” of his is to play another 10 years.
“I want to play until I’m 41,” Brady said. “And if I get to that point and still feel good, I’ll keep playing. I mean, what the hell else am I going to do? I don’t like anything else.
“People say, ‘What will you do if you don’t play football?’ Why would I even think of doing anything else? What would I do instead of run out in front of 80,000 people and command 52 guys and be around guys I consider brothers and be one of the real gladiators? Why would I ever want to do anything else? It’s so hard to think of anything that would match what I do: Fly to the moon? Jump out of planes? Bungee-jump off cliffs? None of that s— matters to me. I want to play this game I love, be with my wife and son, and enjoy life.”
Ultimately, what he’s looking forward to the most is not the games, but practice with his teammates.
“Screw the games; they’ll take care of themselves,” Brady said. “I want to be out there with my guys. I’m so anxious to get out there and practice.”
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