New England Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is about to embark into relatively uncharted territory.

The National Football League’s reigning MVP, Brady is going to try to continue to be the game’s top quarterback talent, and perform at a Super Bowl level into his early-40s. While knowing the end can come at any moment.

An end that the 41-year-old Brady admitted that he can begin to see in an exclusive interview with TB12 Sports.

“I’ve also begun to treasure the moments a bit more, I think,” Brady said of playing at 41. “The reality is, no matter how much you prepare, it can end at any moment with the wrong kind of hit. I guess it’s an interesting position to be in because I can see the end line now, but I still feel like I have a lot to play for, a lot left to do in my career, and a lot left in the tank.

“It’s motivating to me to finish the right way — by being healthy and playing at a championship level. I’ve had a lot of incredible support over the years, and I’ve been very lucky to play for the best organization for my entire career.”

Well, there’s a lot to dissect right there.

On one hand, Brady says that he still has a lot to play for and a lot left in the tank. This certainly seems to be the reality of his situation if you watched his performance through the preseason, and how he can still absolutely carve up a defense when he notices a weakness. And it’s not as if Brady’s game dropped off the face of the earth at the end of the postseason last year.

And on the other, Brady’s admitted that he can see the ‘end line’ of his football career, and noted that when he does go out, he wants to go out the right way, meaning as a healthy contributor to a championship-contender (in his case, winning) roster.

Brady thinks he can do with this year’s Patriots team, or at the very least, lay the foundation for future success.

“We’ve come a long way to get to this point, and doing everything I can to keep that going and continuing to forge into uncharted territory for as long as we can is a big motivator for me,” Brady continued. “I want to help our team build on the standard we have set over many years. I love this game, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to go out and play every day at my age, and I want forge a path for others to do the same — if that’s what they want!”

Brady and the Patriots will open their 2018 season Sept. 9 against the Houston Texans.