Tom Brady says he wants to keep playing ‘not only next year, but beyond that’

“I absolutely believe I will."

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Tom Brady watches from the sideline. –Elise Amendola / AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has stated for some time his desire to play football until he’s 45. Yet as he appears to be having a down year statistically — for him, at least — it’s fair to question if Brady, 41, has changed his stance.

In Sunday’s win against Buffalo, Brady was 13 of 24 for 126 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and a QB rating of 48.3. The last time Brady had a lower rating was 2006, following a four-interception performance against the Indianapolis Colts for a 34.0 rating.

Those numbers are not discouraging Brady from talking about the future, though. In his weekly appearance on Westwood One, Brady was asked by Jim Gray if he will play next year.

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“I absolutely believe I will. I know I’ve talked about it for a long time,’’ said Brady. “I have goals to play not only next year but beyond that, and I’m going to try to do it as best I possibly can. I’m going to give it everything I have like I always have.

“It will certainly be a challenge. I don’t take any of these things for granted, but I hope I can keep playing, and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level.’’

At his Wednesday media availability, Bill Belichick was asked about Brady’s statement.

“Right now I think it’s a one-game season here, so we’ll just concentrate on the Jets, and worry about next year next year, and worry about next week next week. Worry about last year some other year,’’ Belichick said.

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