Tom Brady said he is not concerned about his future at the moment, with the New England Patriots quarterback unwilling to put a timetable on his 2020 plans.
Brady is set to become a free agent after defending Super Bowl champions the Patriots were eliminated by the Tennessee Titans in the NFL playoffs earlier this month.
The 42-year-old star, who said retirement was “pretty unlikely” following New England’s wild-card loss, has already made it clear he still has more to prove in the NFL.
Amid question marks over his future in New England, six-time Super Bowl champion Brady told Westwood One: “The contract things, a week after the season, I would say these things haven’t even started to pick up. It’s really not my concern at this point.
“It’s been about decompressing, and resting my mind a little bit, and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months.”
I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show – the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.
Brady added: “I love playing football. I love playing for this organisation. I really don’t know what it looks like moving forward, and I’m just taking it day to day.
“We are a week removed from the end of our season. There is a lot of time to figure these things out. I don’t think any player or team is ready to make any commitments at this point and I’m sure as the offseason progresses those things will take care of themselves.”
On the continued speculation, Brady said: “I can only say how I feel and that’s what’s the truth to me and what’s authentic to me. And I have no decision that I have made and there won’t be for some considerable time, so I know there is speculation; there always is that’s just part of being in professional sports, that’s part of being a professional athlete.
“When people aren’t talking about this season, they want to talk about next season, and the reality is that next season is quite a ways away. I have some other things that are happening at this time. Like I said, spending some time with my family, my loved ones and giving them the time they need. And then as people begin to plan for next season like I said, these things will take care of themselves.”
“It’s always been proving it to myself and being motivated internally to push myself to the limits. Sometimes the limits push back. I’ve experienced that,” Brady continued. “But I also think I’m inspired by so many people who push the limits. I love watching documentaries of incredible human feats. They’re inspiring. People climb these mountains, and do things that people never thought were possible. I’m at a certain point in my career where people think what I’m doing is to a degree impossible.
“For me, it’s about continuing to prove to myself that I can lay it on the line and we can still try to achieve the ultimate goal, which is winning Super Bowls.”