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Patriots QB Tom Brady on retirement: Hard 'to imagine doing anything else' than playing

• https://www.usatoday.com, Lorenzo Reyes

"I have a great time," Brady said Wednesday in a news conference after a training camp practice. "I love this sport. I've loved playing it since I was a kid. It's hard for me to imagine doing anything else in life. I love playing ball, so to still be out here at 41, soon to be 42, it's pretty good."

Brady has hinted in the past that he plans to play until his mid-40s, at times mentioning 45 as a possible age for retirement, but he continues to be one of the game's most effective and efficient quarterbacks.

He has helped lead the Patriots to the last three Super Bowls and has won two of them, including Super Bowl LIII in February over the Los Angeles Rams. He completed 65.8% of his passes in 2018 for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

Brady has been notably more introspective than he had previously been and has opted to stay away from the Patriots for some of the team's voluntary offseason workout program over the past two years. He has always reported for the mandatory portion, but the veteran has acknowledged the benefits of spending more time with his family during the summers.

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