Tom Brady still has no plans to retire anytime soon

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Brady said that after nearly two decades in the league, he continues to view football as the greatest "gift" in his life. I'm going to give it everything I have, like I always have.

Still, the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer acknowledged that continuing his National Football League career wouldn't come easy.

After falling to the Dolphins in Week 14 and the Steelers in Week 15, the Patriots fell to 9-5 on the season and saw their spot in the AFC playoff race drop from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed.

The Pittsburgh Steelers earned what felt at the time like a massive Week 15 win over the New England Patriots.

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"I absolutely believe I will (come back next season)", Brady said during an appearance on Westwood One Sports, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. A plan for the future needs to be put into place now in order to ensure when Brady retires the team has their next potential franchise quarterback waiting in the wings. "I know I've talked about it for a long time; I have goals to not only play next year, but beyond that".

Even with a win on Sunday against the Jets, the New England Patriots are already guaranteed to finish with their worst season record since 2009. Brady then went to acknowledge, "It will certainly be a challenge".

It'll be interesting to see how Belichick approaches the situation, especially if he really did want to keep Jimmy Garoppolo over Brady before trading the former to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017.

Over the course of an 11-year career dating to 2008 when the Patriots made him a fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA, Slater's play and locker room leadership have continued what his predecessor in New England began under head coach Bill Belichick. "I hope I can keep playing at a championship level". It's Brady's team. And it will continue to be Brady's team. "I wake up every day excited to go to work".