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Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes Tom Brady ‘has a lot of play left’

Ricki Noel Lander (L) and Robert Kraft attend the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City.
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Robert Kraft has weighed in about the future of quarterback Tom Brady. On Thursday night the New England Patriots owner was asked about his star’s recent remarks about there being no “entitlement in the NFL” and his wishes to play for many more years. The future Hall of Fame quarterback also said he had to earn his starting job. Kraft agreed and also said he believes Brady has a lot of playing days left.

Kraft took time to respond to questions about his quarterback during Thursday night’s “Moms Football Safety Clinic” at the Dana Farber Field House. The Patriots owner referenced Brady’s remarks saying, “I think we’re pretty privileged and lucky to have the starting quarterback we’ve had for the last 14 years and the way he takes care of himself and what he does. He’s out there earning his job every year. I hope every player models himself after the way he conducts himself.”

Although the Patriots believe very much in Tom Brady, the team still has to prepare for the future, which is why the team drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in this year’s NFL draft. Brady wasn’t surprised about the selection and said it was a selection he expected the Patriots to make. The team also has to have a backup plan in place in case Brady suffers another season-ending injury or his production starts to fade. Kraft is confident that Brady still has the skills to perform on a high level for years to come.

Kraft told NFL Network, “From my point of view, and I think from our organization, we believe that Tom has a lot of play left. The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him. At the same time, that’s a position if you don’t have someone strong at that position, look at what happened how Tommy took over in that game after 9/11 when we delayed a week?”

The Patriots owner referred to the game in which Mo Lewis of the New York Jets knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the game. The injury happened to lead to the start of Tom Brady’s career. Back in 2008, Brady suffered a season-ending injury and Matt Cassel was able to come in and still win games for the team. That is the type of preparation Kraft and the entire organization strives for to keep the New England Patriots successful. Jimmy Garoppolo is the next guy up as of right now. In a few years he might be Tom Brady’s replacement, but only when the star quarterback retires as a member of the Patriots. At least that’s what Robert Kraft envisions.