Tom Brady Taking Nothing For Granted, Hoping ‘To Play A Long Time’

August 6, 2012 12:00 AM
Tom Brady Taking Nothing For Granted, Hoping ‘To Play A Long Time’
" FOXBORO (CBS) — When a fresh-faced, 22-year-old Tom Brady showed up for his first Patriots training camp in 2000, the quarterback approached his new life as a professional with the goal of getting better each day and competing hard to earn a job on the team.

Twelve years, three Super Bowls and several passing records later, not much has changed.

“I’m competing just like everybody else,” Brady told reporters over the weekend after practice at Gillette Stadium. “I’m competing for my role and my spot and trying to be a good leader and trying to set a good example as a quarterback. I think that’s my challenge: to come out here every day and bring everything that I have to try to make us a better team.”

The urgency with which Brady stresses his job competition might suggest he’s in the midst of an intense roster battle, yet that’s obviously not the case. While Brian Hoyer is a reliable backup for the Patriots, and second-year quarterback Ryan Mallett shows some promise for the future, neither are a threat to take even one meaningful snap from Brady for the foreseeable future "

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