PHOENIX – Brace yourself, Jets fans. If Robert Kraft is correct, the combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is not ending anytime soon.
The Patriots owner was asked Monday at the NFL league meetings how much longer he envisions Brady playing.
“As recently as two, three days ago he assured me he would be willing six, seven more years,” Kraft said. “At the level he performed, there is no one that would be happier than I and our fan base.”
Brady led the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl title last month, cementing his legacy as possibly the greatest quarterback ever.
“I think Tommy’s sustained excellence is just unbelievable,” Kraft said. “It’s a lifestyle. He’s in training now. It’s not like he’s stopped.”
Kraft said nothing has changed in Brady since he got to the Patriots in 2000, except he now takes care of himself even more.
“The only thing that’s probably changed is how he eats and his diet,” Kraft said. “I’m not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well I guess I’d do it.”
As for Belichick, who turns 65 next month, Kraft wants him to stay for a long time, too.
“I hope he coaches until his 80s,” Kraft said. “I see Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch, and they’re in their mid-80s and they’re performing at a pretty high level. We’ve got to keep Bill healthy.”