New England Patriots' star quarterback Tom Brady said coming into the Super Bowl that there was no chance of him retiring after the game.
Brady, 41, plans on playing into his mid-40s, at least.
"I’ve set a goal for myself at 45 and like I said before, it’s very hard to make it that far," he told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. "I know how hard it was this year, you know, and the commitment it takes and hopefully I’ve learned from some of the things that happened this year to be better next year. But every year’s tough."
Of course, Patriots fans would love for Brady to play as long as possible.
New England's front office, though, has been pretty shrewd with its players during the Bill Belichick era. Players are often shipped out before they reach the backside of their career.
Will the same happen with Brady?
The Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft, said there will be zero hesitation to extend Brady's contract past 2019 when it expires.
"Robert Kraft held a gathering with reporters after Roger Goodell’s “state of the NFL” news conference, and one thing he said was that there wouldn’t be any reservations about extending Tom Brady’s contract past 2019 based on age. Brady enters the final year of his deal in ‘19," Mike Reiss tweeted.
Brady and the Patriots are set to kick off against the Rams at 6:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
The game will be televised on CBS.