Tom Brady might be 37 years old, but he certainly doesn't look like it. Both in appearance and in how he plays football. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Brady is again in the midst of leading the Patriots to a division title and the playoffs.
Part of that success is because he's a tireless worker, even in his 15th NFL season. But it also has to do with the fact that he's in bed at 8:30 p.m. every night.
"I do go to bed very early because I'm up very early," Brady told WEEI this week. "I think that the decisions that I make always center around performance enhancement, if that makes sense. So whether that's what I eat or what decisions I make or whether I drink or don't drink, it's always football-centric. I want to be the best I can be every day. I want to be the best I can be every week. I want to be the best I can be for my teammates. I love the game and I want to do it for a long time. But I also know that if I want to do it for a long time, I have to do things differently than the way guys have always done it.
I have to take a different approach. Strength training and conditioning and how I really treat my body is important to me, because there's really nothing else that I enjoy like playing football. I want to do it as long as I can."
And Brady will be the first to admit that he hasn't always been like this. There was a time, a decade ago, when he enjoyed what it meant to enjoy being young.
"The 25-year-old Tom Brady had a great time. I probably wouldn't change much from those days ... I was kind of fast and loose back then ... I wouldn't change anything when I was 25. ...
"I tell [young players], I say, 'You guys live it up, enjoy it. Because there's going to be a time when you don't have that opportunity again.' You try to make good decisions and your mistakes you don't want to be permanent. But when you're in your youth, you should have fun and do those things that young guys do."
Brady's current contract runs out in three years. We don't think it will surprise anyone if he continues to play beyond that.
* via Business Insider