FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -Happy 30th birthday, Tom Brady.
Now get to work.
Three days after turning 30, the Patriots quarterback said Monday he planned to play as long as he can. He's still healthy, has a new trio of outstanding receivers and loves the game. Besides, backup quarterback Vinny Testaverde is much older.
``If Vinny can play till he's 43, I hope that I can play at least half of that, 37, 38,'' Brady said. ``I'll play as long as I can. Everyone always says, 'Don't you want to retire? You're going to get hurt.'
``I said, 'You know what? There's nothing more fun than this.'''
For his birthday, Brady got a visit from his parents and sisters and the return Monday of wide receiver Donte' Stallworth from an injury. But there's still no baby. He said his former girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynihan, has not given birth yet.
Brady and the rest of New England's players did have time off after Friday's morning workout until practice resumed late Sunday afternoon with a noncontact walkthrough. It was purely coincidental that his birthday coincided with his free time, he said, and wasn't a result of coach Bill Belichick's desire to give him time to celebrate.
``No way,'' Brady said. ``It just fell like that this year.''
On Monday, Stallworth, a starter on the Patriots depth chart, caught his first passes from Brady during training camp.
``It's exciting,'' Brady said. ``I know he's been dying to get out here.''
Wide receiver Wes Welker, acquired from Miami, also took part. Randy Moss, picked up in a trade with Oakland, has an apparent leg injury and is day to day, Belichick said.

Recent NFL Discussions

Handicapping 2016 Win Totals on Fri, May 2016 by Blade
2016 NFL Draft Props on Thu, Apr 2016 by Blade
NFL Draft Preview on Thu, Apr 2016 by Blade

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Romo eyes lengthy return Injuries have been an issue at times for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, but the veteran NFL star is far from thinking about...
Thumbnail Lockette retiring from Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks are losing another skill-position player from last year’s team as receiver Ricardo Lockette is expected to announce his retirement...
Thumbnail Dolphins securing the D-Line The Miami Dolphins are trying to make a push for the playoffs and they aided that on Saturday by signing Cameron Wake to a two-year...
Thumbnail Updated Super Bowl LI Odds The 2016 NFL Draft has now concluded. How did the draft impact the odds to win the Super Bowl next season?
Thumbnail Larmey Tunsil NFL Draft Prediction Once considered the top prospect in this year's class, how far will Larmey Tunsil fall in the first round of tonight's 2016 NFL Draft?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages