Tom Brady is the oldest player in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and there are plenty of reasons why/how this came to be.
The biggest reason of all -like most players- is his love for the game. You can see it in every facet of his approach. His preparation, his on-field demeanor, the way he speaks in interviews – it’s all coming from within.
He made this clear during an interview with Michael Strahan on a Wednesday edition of Good Morning America. Brady sat down with the former New York Giant in an exclusive one-on-one to talk life on top of football.
“I don’t think proving it for me is the motivation,” Brady told Strahan. “I still want to play, I got like, a little sickness in me that just wants to throw a frickin’ spiral. You know what I mean?
Once you’ve stopped you can’t go back and do it. I got some more football [in me] I mean not a lot, and I know that, but what I got left, I’m gonna give everything I got.”
Brady recently signed an extension that locks him in through the 2022 season. He’ll also be 45-years-old when the 2022 season starts.
That in itself is the ultimate reflection of his love for the game. Players aren’t going to last this long unless they are literally doing everything they can to try and make it happen.
But don’t get it twisted. There’s other motivation involved. And it comes from the outside, not within.
“I was always kind of motivated by people that say, ‘You can’t do it.’ You know, ‘You’re not good enough. You’re not fast enough, not big enough. You’re don’t have a good enough arm,’” Brady explained. “I’ve had a body of work over a period of time, so you know, you just say, hey [and] quickly you forget.
I think that’s a great part about football. It’s not really about what you did last year. It’s kind of what you’re going to do this year. So for me, it was what I was going to do for the Bucs last year. I still feel that way.”
As it turns out, it’s not the free trips to Disney World that keep this guy around, after all.
You can check out the video of the interview here.