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There’s nothing like getting up on Monday morning to begin another work week, and hearing Patriots legendary quarterback Tom Brady talk about the possibility of leaving the Patriots, just like his childhood idols Jerry Rice and Joe Montana left his beloved 49ers to play for other teams. With no deal reached on a contract extension, is this cause for concern?
“Like I said, Joe Montana got traded, and Jerry Rice did, guys I loved watching out there that really were the best players to ever play at their positions. It’s hard to think if those guys are not playing for a team, why should I ever be excluded from that?” – Brady told WEEI’s John Dennis and Gerry Callahan
That’s a fair point from Brady. We can’t expect all athletes these days to start and end their careers with the same team like Paul Pierce, Derek Jeter, and Peyton Manning probably will. Some have alleged that Brady, a San Mateo, California native, may be interested in playing for his hometown San Francisco 49ers. While it may be true down the road, right now, Brady wants to remain a Patriot.
“I’d love to be here my whole career,” Brady said. “I have goals and the team has goals and hopefully they’re down the same line. But you never know.”
Fortunately, Brady said he doesn’t care that Manning will likelyt receive $20-25 million from the Colts, especially considering Tom Terrific will likely never see that kind of money.
“I know what he’s gonna make, he’s gonna make a lot and he deserves it,” Brady said. “He’s one of best to ever play. You know, honestly, it’s not about that. When it’s all said and done, I’m not gonna sit and worry about who made more money. All these other quarterbacks in the league and what they make, I don’t care what they get. Whatever works for me and the team, that’s what it’ll be. I don’t really care who makes more.”
I know Brady is just saying what “Coach Belichick” would want him to say, but over the years I’ve come to realize that he is one of the more genuine athletes in sports. What he says is usually what he’s feeling, and I think we have to take Brady at his word. Of course he wants to make Manning money, but the Pats will hedge their bets and hope the 33-year-old will agree to a lesser deal.
He will, because really, can you actually imagine Brady in another uniform?