FOXBOROUGH — Bill Clinton was still president when Tom Brady participated in his first training camp with the Patriots in 2000. The Y2K scare was just subsiding, the iPod was still more than a year away from being released to the public, and AOL was still the most popular way to connect with friends and check your “electronic mail.”
That era is long gone, and Brady is obviously quite different. Then, he was an unknown sixth-round pick looking like a long shot to make the Patriots as the fourth quarterback. Now he’s a future Hall of Famer, three-time Super Bowl champ, two-time MVP, part-time fashion model, and an international star.
But it’s pretty remarkable to hear him talk about his 15th training camp, which he began with his teammates on Thursday morning. Almost 37 years old, an age at which most players fortunate enough to still be playing in the NFL try to rest their bodies for the regular season, Brady instead can’t get enough of the training camp grind.
“There’s no easy way about it — just got to grind, put the work in, listen to the coaches,” Brady said Thursday, dripping with sweat. “You just appreciate the moments that you have, and every year is something different. This could be your last training camp — you never know. So you have to make it count. You can’t take anything for granted in the NFL.
“There’s always a lot of work. I don’t think there’s ever a day you can take off, especially with the limited amount of practices that we have. You have to make them all count.”
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