Patriots QB Tom Brady isn’t opposed to an 18-game schedule
There’s been a lot of debate over the years about whether the NFL should eliminate games during the preseason in order to extend the regular season from 16 games to 18. NFL owners are all for this potential change and seem intent on trying to pursue it which could cause some problems with players, but New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady appears to be all for it.
Apparently, Brady didn’t scoff at the idea of 18 games with the love for the game of football driving him to that stance. The six-time Super Bowl champion said the following the prospect of more games, via Tom E. Curran of Pro Football Talk.
“It depends how you take care of yourself,” he said. “That’s how I see it. I think your ability to play, your ability to practice is as good as your ability to recover. So if you can’t recover, I think a six-game schedule is hard. I try to focus on the recovery of things and try to be out here every day in practice. I know it takes a level of focus and commitment to do that. There’s a lot of work in advance that needs to be done to make that happen. So … I love football.”
A lot has to happen before the NFL can officially make this drastic change with quite a few hurdles that will come up during the process, including and most notably, players lobbying to be paid more due to the additional games.
Ironically enough, Brady likely won’t be playing once or if this change actually comes to fruition. He turns 43 in August and appears to have a target age of 45 in terms of when he plans to walk away even though that could change one way or another depending on whether he can stay healthy and productive.