Brady doesn’t know how much longer he has left to play football, but with his body feeling up to the task, he didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and miss out on another chance at a successful season with his teammates.

“I know I don’t have a lot left, I really do. I know I’m at the end of my career,” Brady said. “I wish you could go forever, but it’s just not and football comes at too high of a cost now. My kids are getting older and it’s just getting harder and harder to miss these things.

“But, I wanted to give myself and my teammates and our organization another incredible opportunity to accomplish something that we’d all be very proud of.”