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Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has long said that 45 years old was his benchmark.

It’s an age most NFL players (aside from kickers), have been unable to find themselves capable of playing at, and has been considered the true test for Brady and his once seemingly unconventional training methods.

But with his 10th Super Bowl appearance just days away, and after a phenomenal 2020 season with the Bucs, Brady seems genuinely interested in pushing his body past that age-45 limit if possible.

“I’d definitely consider that,” Brady said when asked about potentially playing beyond the age of 45. “It’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is you never know when that moment is. Just because it’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it.”

(That noise you heard was the rest of the NFL groaning in frustration.)

Brady’s last point is an important one to note, really, as his commitment has certainly seemed to be a driving force for the Bucs’ success this season. Brady was running his teammates through workouts at high school fields before the season began (and even drew the ire of the NFLPA for those workouts), and Brady was even kicked out of a closed Tampa Bay park during the first surge of the coronavirus pandemic.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – JANUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Currently signed through his age-44 season, Brady pushed back on his own consideration with something he’s often said when asked about his undeniable football mortality.

“I don’t know when that time [to retire] will come, but I think I’ll know,” Brady offered. “And I’ll understand that I gave everything I could to give to this game. You put a lot into it. I don’t think I could ever go at this game half-ass.

“I’ve gotta put everything into it. When I put it all out there, feel like I can’t do it anymore, [and] I don’t feel like I can commit to the team in the way that the team needs me, then I think that’s when it’s probably time to walk away.”

That time just isn’t coming anytime soon, it’d appear.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.