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Tom Brady says he won’t play until 50, but believes he could physically

The 44-year-old Bucs quarterback currently is the NFL’s only 2,000-yard passer.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) leaves the field after his team's 45-17 rout of the Dolphins on Oct. 10 at Raymond James Stadium.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) leaves the field after his team's 45-17 rout of the Dolphins on Oct. 10 at Raymond James Stadium. [ RICH SCHULTZ | Associated Press ]
Published Oct. 19
Updated Oct. 19

Evidently, the GOAT isn’t averse to a few goblins. Speaking on his weekly podcast Monday, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady said the Halloween decor at his Davis Islands place includes a Grim Reaper and ghosts, among other spooky elements.

“We’ve got a cat that its eyes move every time someone crosses,” Brady said, “and we hand out good candy.”

As for the Halloweens of the the next decade, don’t expect Brady to be dressed as an NFL quarterback. Clarifying remarks he made to Amazon Prime Video’s Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm in a pregame segment Thursday night, the 44-year-old married dad of three said he won’t be playing until he’s 50 or beyond.

Though physically, he feels he’d be capable of doing so, he reiterated.

“I’m not going to play for another six to 10 years,” Brady told Let’s Go! podcast host Jim Gray.

“And I think my point was, physically, I feel like I’ve done a great job in order to put myself in a position to play as long as I want physically. But emotionally, I’ve realized there’s a lot of things that take away from my time and energy, and I think spending time with my family ... I love doing that, and there’s a big part of my life that’s dedicated to my family and other aspects of my life.

“I’m going to play as long as I can, and when I feel like I’m not a championship-level quarterback and I’m able to prepare at a championship level, then I’ll try something different.”

That day still seems pretty distant.

Brady, under contract with the Bucs through 2022, currently is the only 2,000-yard passer in the NFL (2,064 yards through six games). He ranks second in the league with 17 touchdown passes, and his passer rating (107.9) is tied for sixth. In Sunday’s home game against the Bears, he’ll try to lead Tampa Bay to the franchise’s first 6-1 start.

“I’ve seen over the years how athletes, because they don’t have the ability or the knowledge that I’ve been very fortunate to have and acquire over a period of time, their body just fails them,” Brady said.

“And physically, a lot of people will mentally say, ‘I just started learning the game, and physically my body won’t hold up.’ I just don’t think that will ever be my problem. I spend so much time with (trainer) Alex (Guerrero) treating my body to understand it. Now anything can happen; it’s a physical sport. One hit can change everything.”

Other topics Brady addressed Monday:

Halloween at the Brady residence:

“I remember in early days when I was in elementary school and we’d go trick-or-treating, and you’d always go to the houses that gave away great candy. If you come by our house, you’ll get great candy. For all the kids in the Tampa area who know where we live, it’s worth a trip stopping by our house.” (Note: Brady won’t be home. The Bucs play at the Saints on Oct. 31).

How he spent his off weekend (the Bucs played the Eagles last Thursday night):

“I went outside the house for the first time in about two years. I went to the grocery store, I went to Target, I went to a lunch spot, took my kids. So all those in the span of 24 hours. I haven’t had to do that in quite a long time. ... I took advantage of the mask and used that, and I still got identified a little bit.”

His persistently hoarse voice:

“I was in that stadium in L.A. a few weeks ago, that was as loud as I can ever remember a stadium. Even when I went out for pregame warmups, it was super loud. I think part of it, too, for us athletes is, we got used to a year when there wasn’t any fans in the crowd. But I’ve struggled with my voice for some reason this year. I’ve lost it four or five occasions. I actually lost it the other night about midway through the game. ... I won’t be on the injury report for throat or the voice or anything like that, but I’ll be damned if I’ve made it this far to have my voice fail me. My voice is not going to fail me, I promise you.”

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls