Pats Begin Super Bowl Week, Brady Says He Won’t Retire

ATLANTA – The Patriots have arrived in Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday as quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick prepare for their record ninth Super Bowl appearance together.

Brady has made it clear that he hopes this won’t be his last Super Bowl, either. In an interview with Jeff Darlington of ESPN, the 41-year-old quarterback quelled any speculation that this will be his final season in the NFL.

Brady has repeatedly stated that he could envision playing until he is 45.

The Patriots took off for Atlanta Sunday afternoon after 35,000 fans showed up at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro for a sendoff rally. Similar rallies have been held in recent years, but this year’s event was the largest the team has put on.

“This is the biggest sendoff we’ve ever had and we really appreciate everyone coming out,” said Belichick. 

The Patriots finished the regular season at 11-5, a subpar record by their lofty standards, but have turned in two impressive playoff wins to earn their way to the Super Bowl. Last week’s comeback win in the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs was the first playoff victory on the road for the Patriots since the 2006 season.

“We’ve stayed focused, we played our best football at the end,” Brady said. “We’re not quite at the end yet, we’ve got one more to go.”

The Patriots and the Rams will meet with media outlets as part of Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday. The Pats are scheduled to practice later in the week ahead of Sunday’s game.

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