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Tom Brady on Patriots: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’

Tom Brady practiced in Foxborough before heading to Boston for the Best Buddies touch football game at Harvard Stadium. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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Tom Brady practiced in Foxborough before heading to the Best Buddies touch football game at Harvard Stadium.

A few hours after the Patriots wrapped up their third on-field organized team activity Friday in Foxborough, Tom Brady was back on another football field, this time at Harvard Stadium for the Best Buddies Challenge.

Not surprisingly, Brady said that at this point in the offseason, the Patriots are nowhere near where they will need to be once the season starts.

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“We’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “It’s only been a couple of days, so . . .

“We’re a long way from the season, and we’re going to need all the practices we can get.”

As for his own health, Brady sounded a positive note and wants the rest of the Patriots to understand the importance of offseason fitness and workouts.

“I feel great, I feel great,” Brady said. “I try to really stay in shape, and especially this time of year, you’ve got to put the work in in advance, you’ve got to pay the price early.

“I’m trying to impart that on my younger teammates, that this is a really important time of year to prepare yourself to play a long season.”

Several of Brady’s current teammates, including Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Jerod Mayo, were on hand Friday night, as were former Patriots Tedy Bruschi, Dan Koppen, and Scott Zolak.

Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely arrived a little late to the game, but took part as well.

“It’s great,” Brady said of the support. “We’ve had so many guys put on different events over the years — karaoke events and bowling events and the team does a golf tournament — so we get great support in the community.

“It’s neat that they want to come out and support this, so it goes both ways. They’ve got my back, I’ve got theirs. It’s nice to see them out there.”

Brady talked to reporters with his longtime “Buddy,” Katie Meade, at his side. Standing on a folding chair, Meade had her arm around Brady as he talked about Best Buddies International and this weekend’s events. On Saturday, there is a bicycle ride that ends on Craigville Beach.

Best Buddies International is the only charity Brady has attached his name to during his career, and over the last 13 years, he has become heavily involved in the organization, which creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brady said the hope is to raise $4.5 million to $5 million this weekend between Friday’s touch football game and Saturday’s ride and concert.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.
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