Patriots QB Tom Brady reiterates he will play next season

Tom Brady remains optimistic after Patriots' loss to Dolphins: 'We still have a lot of football to play'

Tom Brady has been questioned multiple times this season if he will return to the field in 2019.

The answer is always yes.

The Patriots quarterback reiterated that not only will he be back next year, but he plans to play beyond 2019.

“I absolutely believe I will. I know I’ve talked about it for a long time: I have goals to not only play next year, but beyond that,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One Sports radio. “I’m going to try to do it as best I possibly can. I’m going to give it everything I have, like I always have.

“It will certainly be a challenge. I don’t take any of these things for granted, but I hope I can keep playing, and I hope I can keep playing at a championship level.”

Brady will be 42 at the start of next season, which will make him the oldest quarterback in the league and one of the oldest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.

While he has seemed unstoppable in recent years, this season has proven to be a struggle for Brady. His passing game hasn’t been as consistent this season, as he’s completed 65 percent of his throws along with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

In the Patriots’ 2016 Super Bowl-winning season, he completed 67 percent of his passes with 28 touchdowns, but only had two interceptions.

Despite the shakiness, the Patriots still clinched the AFC East title and are the second seed in the AFC playoffs heading into the final week of the regular season.

“Along with that has come a lot of other very cool opportunities, but in my heart and soul, I love playing the sport of football, and it’s brought me so much joy in my life,” Brady said. “It tests you in so many ways. I’ve been dealing with it for a long time. There’s anxiousness and nerves, and joy and happiness. There’s disappointment and frustration. The emotions run the gamut. But if you can stay and build your mental toughness, it’s just been incredibly rewarding. I’m a very, very lucky man.”

The Patriots will close out the regular season by hosting the Jets at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.