MINNEAPOLIS – (Staff and wire Service Report) – The New England Patriot ran out of time in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII, but Patriots star QB Tom Brady isn’t ready to concede to Father Time yet.
The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback, fresh off winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award for the third time, told Westwood One radio on Sunday: “Yeah, you’re gonna see me playing football next year. I don’t envision not playing.”
Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, but the Patriots fell 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
Afterward, asked whether he would be back next season, Brady said, “I certainly hope so. I certainly hope so.”
Although Brady is under contract for next season, speculation about his future increased last month when ESPN reported a rift had formed between Brady, New England coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.
Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said in the days before the Super Bowl that Brady had earned the right to decide when it would be time for him to step aside. Such leeway would mark a departure from the team’s standard procedure under Belichick, who often has moved on from players before it seemed to be their time.
In Brady’s Westwood One interview with Jim Gray, the quarterback said of the Super Bowl, “You’re at the end of the race but you’ve got your biggest mountain to climb right at the end. Hopefully all the lessons we’ve learned have allowed us to be at our very best for this moment, and that’s what it’s going to take and that’s what we’re prepared for and that’s what I go out and expect our team to do.”
This season, Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns and a 111.0 passer rating.
He appeared in his record eighth Super Bowl and already held the record among quarterbacks with five titles entering play Sunday.