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Tom Brady says diet, lifestyle saved his NFL career

February 07,2017 12:05

Brady knew he had to make a change to stay healthy, if he wanted to continue playing football.and more »



Brady's agelessness may stem from the dramatic shift in
lifestyle he made during his career.
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Tom Brady pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history
at the age of 39.

To say what Brady is doing at his age is unprecedented is not an
exaggeration.

In 2016, Brady put together one of the most efficient seasons of
his career, then helped his team come back from 25-point deficit
in the Super Bowl to win a historic fifth championship.

Brady's agelessness may stem from the dramatic shift in lifestyle
he made during his career.
Brady has a famously strict diet, consisting of plenty of
all-natural and whole foods and
excluding foods like tomatoes and peppers for fear of
bloating. He goes
to sleep by 9 p.m., doesn't drink,
stays away from lifting heavy weights, and focuses on
flexibility.

On Monday, while accepting his Super Bowl MVP, Brady talked about
his unprecedented career and said that when he was 25 years old
he didn't see it coming because he was "hurting all the time." He
knew he had to make a change.

"I've tried to just take care of myself through learning through
a lot of positive and negative experiences with that. When you're
in a locker room for 17 years, you kinda learn what to do and
what not to do and what works for you. I've found probably a
unique way that's a little outside the box that's really worked.

"I try to spread that message to a lot of other players just
because football is a demanding sport and it's a demanding sport
on your body. And your body is your asset, and if you are hurting
all the time, football is no fun. When I was 25, I was hurting
all the time, and I couldn't imagine playing as long as I did,
just because, you know, if your arm hurts every day when you
throw, how can you keep playing? And now, at 39, my arm never
hurts and my body never hurts. Even after I get banged up, I know
how to take care of it and jump on it right away, so that I can
feel good for a Wednesday practice."

Brady's life is micromanaged to continue playing football at an
age when everyone retires. As such, as he's showed no signs of
slowing.

On Sunday, it was reported that the Patriots think
Brady may play for another three to five years. Brady himself
has said he'd like to play well into his 40s. Declines can happen
suddenly and unexpectedly, but if Brady can avoid major injury,
there's no reason to think he can't keep playing.

One thing is for certain: Brady's own lifestyle will not be the
cause of any future decline.

SEE ALSO: Bill Belichick on Super Bowl win: 'We're five weeks behind the other teams for 2017 season'

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