Tom Brady sat down with Tony Romo, who made waves predicting many of the Patriots’ offensive plays in the AFC Championship, before the Super Bowl to talk about his undying love for playing football, the challenges of being a young player in the Super Bowl, and his relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in an interview that aired on CBS before the game Sunday.
“So if you win this game, you’re totally walking away, aren’t you?” joked Romo as the pair sat down.
“Absolutely, it’s over,” Brady joked. “Over completely.”
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Brady quickly said he simply has not grown sick of playing football.
“I hope so. You know, I hope so. I’ve got goals. I always said mid-40s,” Brady said. “So I feel like I’m kind of stuck to that, whether I like it or not. I just love it. I still do. And it doesn’t get old. I’m out there today at practice and I’m just loving being out there and loving prepping for this. I feel like when you’re in a locker room you’re a kid, you know? You’re a 14, 15-year-old kid. You never grow up. You never have to grow up.”
Even though Brady has accomplished nearly everything a quarterback could accomplish in the NFL, he maintains that he still lives the dream. Brady said he finds himself wanting to continue practices well after the rest of his team has wrapped up.
“What dream could you have where you’d be the quarterback, you’re out at practice, no one can hit you, and you get to line up all the best athletes in the world to try to, like, cover your throws,” Brady said. “I mean, what a dream for guys to have that, and I’m sitting here going, man, how lucky have I been?”
One of the major storylines leading up to Super Bowl LIII has been the quarterback matchup: Brady, the 19-year veteran and surefire Hall of Famer, opposite the Rams’ Jared Goff, a 24-year-old only in his second season as a starter.
“I just remember my second year in the NFL being in this game,” Brady said. “I mean, it’s – you don’t even know what you don’t know. And that’s not anyone’s fault – you’re just young.”
Brady finished his conversation with Romo by praising Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who Brady said he’s been “blessed” to have as a coach.
“I got picked to the Patriots, I didn’t even know where New England was. I show up, and it was his first year, and he set the tone for the whole team from the first meeting that we had. I feel like there’s been so much knowledge and so much insight. You still gotta go, you still gotta put the work in, you know it doesn’t magically happen, but there’s no other coach I’d ever want to play for.”