Brady, 41, looking at extending National Football League career beyond 2019

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"I absolutely believe I will play in 2019", Brady said in repeating his intentions for next season on his weekly interview on Westwood One Radio.

With five Super Bowl championships and eight Super Bowl appearances under his belt, it can be argued that Brady is not just the best quarterback of all time, but one of the best players of all time period.

"It will certainly be a challenge". Although he's 41 now, the Patriots quarterback tied the National Football League record for most Pro Bowl nods (14) by earning a berth this year. The Braves won 14 straight titles from 1991-2005, which does not include the 1994 season shortened by the strike. Yet as he appears to be having a down year statistically - for him, at least - it's fair to question if Brady, 41, has changed his stance.

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First, NFL rules have never been more favorable when it comes to protecting quarterbacks and the second plus is that Brady has taken extremely good care of his body.

When asked recently whether or not he wants to play beyond his current contract, which ends in 2019 when he'll be 42, Brady responded like this. This year, he's seen a slight dip in his numbers, throwing for 4,105 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. "I know I've talked about it for a long time; I have goals to not only play next year, but beyond that".

Thanks to the Ravens' stunning upset of the L.A. Chargers on Saturday night, Pittsburgh basically faces must-win situations Sunday in New Orleans and in the regular-season finale vs. the Cincinnati Bengals to ensure its playoff viability. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

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