New England Patriots

Brady: ‘Why Does Everyone Want Me to Retire So Bad?'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady met with the media in Minneapolis on Wednesday, and despite coming off an MVP-caliber season, the initial questions were about when he was going to retire.

"Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I don't get it. I'm having fun, the team's doing good," Brady answered. "I know I'm a little bit older than most of the other guys, but I'm really enjoying it.

The 40-year-old Brady has been telling people all week how appreciative he is about playing in his eighth Super Bowl.

"This has been obviously a dream come true many times over," Brady said. "I have a lot of experience at this point in this game. This very much feels like a week that I've been used to so I think that's been a real positive for me. I know how to pace the week. I know what logistical things I need to get out of the way, but ultimately I got to figure out how to be the best I can be on Sunday night." 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick met with the media before Brady.

Belichick said tight end Rob Gronkowski was a limited participant at practice and has not been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol.

A reporter who said he was from WAAF-Boston asked Belichick whether he could get him four tickets to the game this weekend. 

"I'll put you on the list," Belichick quipped while cracking a smile, following up with, "On the fifty, right?" 

Wednesday is the final day for player media availabilities. Belichick is scheduled to speak again on Thursday. 

Super Bowl LII between the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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