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Tom Brady’s trainer hints at how long QB intends to keep playing

How much longer the seemingly ageless Tom Brady intends to continue his NFL career has been the source of speculation for years. The New England Patriots quarterback’s longtime trainer, business partner and confidante, Alex Guerrero, shed some light on Brady’s deliberations on the matter during a recent interview.

Guerrero, long a source of behind-the-scenes information about Brady, made an appearance Thursday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” During the interview, Brady’s “body coach” shared what the 42-year-old veteran has had to say about how long the QB envisions playing.

Brady has repeatedly insisted he can play well into his late 40s, although it’s believed his more pragmatic prediction is that he’ll play until age 45 or so. It would seem, according to Guerrero, that each passing season actually extends Brady’s plan into another year.

“It all comes to commitment, really,” Guerrero said, as transcribed by WEEI. “No one thought you could play at the elite level in your late 30s, early 40s. That is something we always felt we could do. I have really wanted to be there to help him accomplish that goal. I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal.

“We talk about it all the time. Every year he just adds another year. He goes in and he’s like, ‘Guys, I feel so good still. I think I am going to go till 45.’ I am like, ‘OK.’ Now he’s like, ‘Alex, I think I can go like 46 or 47.’”

Brady, it merits noting, insisted in late October that he’s taking a “day-by-day” approach when it comes to his NFL future.

All the conjecture concerning Brady’s imminent and long-term career plans comes amid a report last month from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that lays out possible scenarios in that regard. With Brady set to become a free agent in 2020 after reworking his contract, it’s at least conceivable that the signal-caller could be playing his final season with the Patriots.

How that would play into how long Brady intends to continue his NFL career is unknown, but for now, Guerrero believes the quarterback is in it for the long haul.