“I think being a good football player is not necessarily how many good plays you make but how many bad plays you don’t make. Anybody can make good plays. You wouldn’t be in this league if you weren’t capable of making good plays, but … I think that you have to make the bad plays and then you learn from them. I’ve made plenty of those over the course of my career. You make them and you learn from them and you try not to repeat them. To be in the same system where we’re running plays out here that I’ve run literally a thousand times, there’s not a lot of mistakes that you make on those plays. Some of the other ones that you’re trying new that you build on year after year, that’s why you’re out here practicing. I’m trying to eliminate mistakes just like everybody else.”

— New England quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 35 Friday, on the key to playing good football late into a career.


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