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MINNEAPOLIS a�� Tom Brady turned to his wife, Gisele BA?ndchen.
a�?Two more Super Bowls,a��a��A�he said with a smile before the 2017 NFL season in a moment captured for the latest episode of Facebook docu-series called Tom vs. Time.
Gulp. That could happen as early as 2019 for the New England Patriots quarterback, who will lead his team into a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Super Bowl LII.
But therea��s probably no reason for Patriotsa�� fans to fear the 40-year-old Brady might be closer to retirement than expected considering Brady has indicated he would like to play until he is 45.
a�?He can have as many Super Bowls as he likes,a��a�� Gisele said as the filmmaker captured the celebrity couple for episode No. 5, which was shown Friday at an exclusive screening and will be available to watch Sunday on Facebook.
Earlier in the scene, Gisele smiled while recalling that in 2006 Brady told her he would play only 10 more seasons. No such luck, with her husband now in his 18th season and preparing for his eighth Super Bowl, and, if episode No.A�5 of Tom vs. TimeA�is a good indicator, has picked no date for a retirement party.
a�?Your first lovea��s your first love,a��a�� Brady said of football as the episode came to a close. a�?And I want to keep doing it because I think I can. a��
a�?When the day comes when I feel like I cana��t do it anymore, whether even physically, which I doubt, or more mentally that I wona��t be able to, you know, give what I need to to the other parts of my life, Ia��ll say ita��s enough. But ita��s not going to be for a while, though.a�?
Gotham Chopra, the filmmaker, said he spent about five years trying to talk Brady into such a project. His efforts went nowhere until April, according Chopra, who recalled what Brady said when Brady called out of the blue, predicted success for the 2017 season and said he was ready for the project.
a�?Ia��m going to do it all,a��a�� Chopra, son of self-improvement guru Deepak Chopra, said Brady told him of playing in the NFL at the age of 40. a�?Ia��m going to show everybody how.a��a��
The first five episodes of the six-episodes series take viewers where few have been before with Brady a�� behind the scenes. The episodes are full of intimate moments showing Brady interacting with his three children, his wife, teammates and his personal trainer.
It was unprecedented for a quarterback who has protected his private life as closely as he might protect his playbook.
a�?People ask me all the time, a�?What surprises you most?a�� a�? Chopra said of the access and openness. a�?All of it.a��a��
As Brady is captured saying at one point during episode No. 5, a�?When Ia��m out on the field in front of 70,000 people, I can really be who I am, with my raw emotion and my energy and if I want to scream at somebody, I can scream at somebody. Thata��s why I probably love football so much. Because it allows me to be who I am in a very authentic way thata��s hard for me to be when I walk off the field.a��a��
During the docu-series, Brady comes across as open and candid.
a�?Are there times Ia��m frustrated, that I feel things are said about me that I wish I could defend? Yeah,a��a�� he said. a�?But I dona��t want to go into that mud everyday. Because I know that once I engage Ia��ll have to re-engage, and I dona��t like fighting.
a�?That creates inner conflict in me. Thata��s why I do need to protect myself. If Ia��m putting all my energy out in all these other places, 20 different areas, then I wona��t get to be who I want to be.a��a��
In search of yet more Super Bowls a�� again, two more he told his wife before the season a�� Brady said he is not motivated to satisfy others.
a�?Ita��s to satisfy myself,a��a�� he said. a�?And if Ia��m satisfied with myself, I’m good. I really am. I feel good.
a�?Ia��m going to live a very purposeful life. I want to create change and positivity and a�� and I want to do that being who I am.a�?