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Tom Brady on emotions, loving football and playing until … 50?

07.31.13 at 11:10 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appears on the September cover of Men’€™s Health, and in the accompanying Q&A he talks about bringing his emotions to the field, what he hates most about the game he loves and his plans outside of football.

On why he pays no attention to stats: ‘€œThere’€™s one stat that matters, and that’€™s wins.’€

On how he trains: ‘€œI do a lot of band exercises because they work the accelerators and decelerators. [Brady's trainer will] work in sand, in water. Light weights with fast moves. … If you only train one way ‘€” acceleration, acceleration, acceleration ‘€” then as soon as you [decelerate], that’€™s when you’€™ll get hurt.’€

On his plans outside of the game: ‘€œI’€™m actually going to start a business.” (The TB12 Sports Therapy Center is scheduled to open this September at Patriot Place.)

On his ultimate goal: ‘€œI just want to help people. It’€™s so frustrating for me to see athletes not being able to do what they really love to do. And I’€™m like, God, it’€™s not that hard. It’€™s really not. Guys work really hard, but if you work hard at the wrong things, you just don’€™t get the results you want.’€

On the best advice he’€™s ever gotten: ‘€œIf you don’€™t have the motivation to earn it, you’€™re going to end up flipping burgers.’€

On the training he loathes most: ‘€œFlat-out conditioning … because it has the least to do with actual football.’€

On why he tries to learn new things each day: ‘€œOnce you stop improving, everyone else will catch up, because they’€™re probably learning from you. So you have to continue to find ways to evolve.’€

On when he’€™s at his best: ‘€œWhen I’€™m most emotional I’€™m probably most focused. I like to be emotional because it brings out the best in me and my teammates. The body is a machine that runs on emotion.”

On what he’€™s thinking about off the field: ‘€œAll my thoughts on a daily basis go into how I can sustain the length of my career. What I eat. How I sleep. My levels of stress. Why? Because I love football.’€

On why he won’€™t be stopped by limits: ‘€œThere’€™s really an excitement I have to do this for as long as I possibly can, even though everyone out there puts a limit. But I’€™ve always had people put limits. And I’€™m a person who says, ‘€˜Well, screw limits.’€™ I’€™m not putting a limit on myself.’€

On playing football after 50: ‘€œI would love it. If I think if I can do it, then I probably will.’€

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