FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady turned 35 on Friday, earning the Patriots' quarterback a few birthday serenades from fans at New England's training camp.
While Brady has said in the past he would like to play until he was 40, and has shown few signs of slowing down, the team is getting ever closer to the unthinkable: life without their franchise quarterback.
After practice Sunday, Brady wouldn't put a number on how many more years he would like to play, just reiterating that he would "like to play for a long time."
Four-year veteran Brian Hoyer and second-year pro Ryan Mallett are competing to one day replace Brady, or be able to step in if he should go down again, as he did in 2008.