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Tom Brady hints at Patriots tension by 'pleading the fifth' when asked if he feels appreciated

In this new episode of 'As the New England Turn,' the five-time Super Bowl-winning Patriots quarterback chooses to dance around in his sophisticated 'Brady-speak.'


Kahron Spearman


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has confirmed that he will suit up in 2018 while reiterating his intention to play in his mid-40s during an interview Monday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California

Talking with longtime sports journalist and moderator Jim Gray, he went into why he's training on his own and staying away from the team's offseason program and had some calculated words regarding support from the team's front office.

I plead the Fifth!...Man, that is a tough question. think everybody in general wants to be appreciated more in their professional life, but there's a lot of people that appreciate me way more than I ever thought was possible as part of my life. You have different influences in your life and the people I work with, they're trying to get the best out of me. So they're trying to treat me in the way they feel is going to get the best out of me, and I've got to get the best out of myself.

Tom Brady
Quarterback, New England Patriots

"I think what I'm learning, as you get older, it comes from within -- the joy, the happiness, those things come from inside," he continued. "To seek that from others, to seek that from outside influences, people you work with, people that cheer against you or cheer with you, I feel like it comes from within for me. So I'm trying to build up what's within me, so that I can be the best for me, so that I can be the best for other people. That's part of growing. I'm learning these things, too."

He said his relationship with head coach Bill Belichick has been "a very respectful relationship for a long time" and says he's the "best coach in the history of the NFL."

However, he also makes some interesting statements about his coach.

"He has a management style [with] players," says Brady, "and he would say, 'Look, I'm not the easiest coach to play for.' I agree. He's not the easiest coach to play for. But he's the best for me. I think what he's proven is that whatever talent he has, he maximizes his talent. What more could you ask of a coach than that?"

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