Tom Brady says he would 'definitely' consider playing past age 45

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Tom Brady says he would 'definitely' consider playing past 45 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady continues to prepare for the 10th Super Bowl appearance of his career, there are no signs that the 43-year-old plans to walk away from football anytime soon.

During his Monday media availability, Brady said he "definitely" hopes to play past the age of 45, something he has previously said was a goal of his over the last several years.

"I would definitely consider that," Brady said.

Based on his current level of play, there is no reason for Brady to walk away from football -- if he doesn't want to.

In his first season with Tampa Bay, the future Hall of Famer has the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl after throwing over 4,600 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the regular season. In the playoffs, Brady has led the Bucs past legends Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the sport.

It also helps that Tampa head coach Bruce Arians and his staff have surrounded Brady with some of the best weapons in football, too. Between Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, Scotty Miller and others, you could argue this Bucs offense has more talent than any of the Patriots teams Brady won with over the past two decades.

Having been in the NFL for 20-plus years, Brady understands the physical and mental toll it takes to play professional football. So, if the greatest quarterback of all-time says he thinks he can continue to play into his late 40s, everyone should take him for his word.

"Again, it's a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that, you never know when that moment is, just because it's a contact sport," Brady said on when he'll know to retire.

"There's a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be 100% commitment from myself to keep doing it."