Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady says he wants to play until he’s 45

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In the “Tom vs. Time” epilogue that dropped at noon Wednesday on Facebook, Tom Brady reiterated his wish to play until he’s 45.

“I would love to play five more years — 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,” he said.

“It’ll be a challenge for me. I don’t think it’s going to be easy,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to do. I think it’s going to be very hard to do.

“But I think I can do it,” he added.

“Once you stop, you’re done. And I think I’m not ready to say that I’m done,” he said. “I feel like there are things to accomplish.”

Brady also talked about a few other things, hinting at why he didn't show up this spring for voluntary workouts.

"When I look at probably the last six months, it's the first time where I've taken a little bit of a break I think from what I've done in what's been cyclical, monotonous," he said. "But, I just think I needed something different this year. My family needed something different. I've got to be able to spend enough time with them cause I want to cause you got to see them grow, you got to see them develop, you got to be there for them.

"I think in general, kids just want to know that you care about them and they need your time and energy. If they're not going to get it from August through January, then they've got to get it from February through July or else I'm not doing my job as a parent."

Brady also sounded a bit burned out by things, another reason why he might have wanted to step away.

"The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren't enjoyable when they should have been," he said. "Some of it was my approach.

"I think that anytime you are together with people for a long period of time, relationships ebb and flow," he added. "I think people are just looking for something to write and talk about."

It's also clear he's over any sort of soap-opera talk that dominated the offseason.

"They want to talk about a lot of drama. I'm sure a lot of teams have things like that, but ours is just to the 10th degree," Brady said. "I'm learning to deal with it better. I just don't give a (expletive) that much anymore about anything. A lot of keeping things in perspective."

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