Tom Brady on playing at age 40: ‘I’m never sore’

New England quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Jacoby Brissett (7) work on drills during a joint NFL football team practice with the Houston Texans  in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)
Tom Brady and Jacoby Brissett work on drills during a joint practice with the Houston Texans. –AP Photo/Chris Jackson

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Age is just a number for Tom Brady.

The five-time Super Bowl champ, who recently turned 40, told the media on Wednesday that his recovery routine after practice is the easiest—and the best—it’s ever been in his career.

“When you’re younger you don’t know what to do,” Brady said. “After 17 years, going into my 18th year, I know what to do. I know how to prepare.”

The Patriots quarterback insists that he is “never sore,” despite fending off hits from the defense and sometimes even blocking pads to the face from head coach Bill Belichick.

“I could practice every day,” he said. “I could practice twice a day if they’d let us do that, but that’s not the way it goes anymore. It’s just fun being out here competing.”

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Brady’s recovery regimen, which includes his line of Under Armour sleepwear, will be one of the featured topics in his upcoming book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.