Tom Brady talked about the “concessions” he’s had to make in life to keep playing the way he has. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Being an NFL quarterback is hard enough, but turning 39 years old in August and still playing quarterback like Tom Brady has is even harder.
Speaking at an event in New York City on Monday to promote Simmons’ new mattress Beautyrest Black, Brady detailed “concessions” he makes in life to continue to perform at the level he has.
“As you get older, you have more responsibilities, you have more commitments, more events, kids, you’re married now,” Brady said via ABC News. “You still have all the things that you’ve had, plus you just keep adding. I got a lot.”
Brady said he doesn’t stay up late watching TV shows or anything like that. The quarterback said he goes to bed around 8:30 p.m. and wakes up at 5:30 a.m.
“Yeah, none of that,” Brady said. “I don’t go to bed at 1 a.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. and say, ‘Let’s see if I can get this done today.’”
“Because my career is so important, I think I make a lot of, I wouldn’t call them sacrifices, but just concessions for my job. I love what I do and I want to do it for a long time,” he added.
The 38-year-old talked about some of the “concessions” he’s needed to make.
“Sometimes, it’s hard to cut things out, for me where I cut is like my friends, they probably don’t get as much time as they used to,” Brady said. “When you’re one of the leaders of the team, there are no days off.”
Added Brady: “I have to make different choices, there’s no other 39-year-olds playing now at quarterback. So, you better do things a little differently. I try to not eat as much sugar, but it’s so hard in our American diet to do that. … It’s hard to completely avoid. I don’t drink much alcohol.”
So, does Brady have time to enjoy himself?
“During the season, most of my time to unwind is in my car ride home,” he said. “When I get home, it’s being with my kids. There’s not much time to unwind, but you know what, it’s because I love what I do. I look forward to the season. I look forward to playing games. It doesn’t ever feel like work.”
“I like being active,” Brady added. “I like to surf a lot, play a little bit of golf. But it’s a lot of work and being with my family.”
Brady is under contract with the Patriots until the end of the 2019 season when he will be 42 years old.