Brady checks in with MMQB

Peter King of Sports Illustrated leads off his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece with an interview with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

King notes that of the 90 players who dressed for Brady's first career start on Sept. 30, 2001 -- in a game against the Colts -- only one still plays for either team. It's Brady.

That provides the springboard to a popular question here in New England: How much longer might Brady play?

"My wife [Gisele Bundchen] said to me, 'When I met you [in 2006], you said you wanted to play 10 more years. How come that number never goes down?'" Brady tells King. "It's that I love the game. I love the game. I'm going to play until they tell me they don't want me anymore.''

Brady's current contract extends through the 2014 season. He turns 35 in August.

Brady relays that he had a meeting with Patriots coach Bill Belichick last Thursday.

"I still feel like I'm in my first year trying to prove myself," he tells King. "There's no entitlement around coach Belichick. I've got to be the best guy for him to keep playing me. When I'm not, someone else will play.''

Brady feels his arm strength is as good as it's ever been. He also mentioned his annual participation in the Boston-based Best Buddies annual fundraiser, which includes a bike ride and football game with Patriots teammates.

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