New England Patriots

Recent reports that Tom Brady hadn’t yet committed to playing football in 2018 were met with widespread skepticism, but the Patriots quarterback also had yet to say anything publicly about the matter. Finally, the Patriots and their fans have confirmation from No. 12.

Speaking to Jim Gray at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, Brady affirmed his plans to play football not just in 2018 but beyond. Although Brady says he’s “negotiated two years” with wife Gisele Bundchen, the QB is still motivated to play into his mid-40s as he’s been saying for several years.

“I have personal goals,” said Brady, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I want to keep playing. I’ve said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years, when I was 36-37, ‘You can’t keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls [at that age].’ It’s a great challenge for me. I think I’ve been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it.”

The confirmation may come as no surprise to many. But now it’s come straight from Brady himself.

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