Tom Brady will not allow comments about his age or the danger of concussions in the NFL to force him into retirement when he still loves the game.
The 42-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency, a decision which saw him leave the New England Patriots after 20 years and six Super Bowl crowns.
Brady has regularly spoken of his desire to play into his mid-40s at least and will not be influenced by analysts who advise him to quit because of his age or what he has already achieved.
"If you want to stop, stop, go ahead," Brady said on The Howard Stern Show.
"But for me, because I feel like I can still play, it doesn't mean I should just stop playing because that's what everyone tells me I should do."
The quarterback acknowledged he had suffered multiple concussions in his career but would not let that impact his decision.
Brady touched on his previous comments on how he had been deeply affected by the death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, adding: "We all think we're going to live forever but the reality is we don't know when our day is going to come.
"I've definitely had concussions, yeah. I could stop playing football because I'm worried about what's going to happen.
"But why don't I live my life the way I want, and enjoy it the way that is most fulfilling to me?
"For me, that [playing in the NFL] is doing what I love to do. You don't tell a musician to stop singing at age 42. You don't tell a painter to stop painting at 42."
And Brady would allow his sons to play football despite the physical nature of the sport.
"Absolutely [I would]," he said. "There is something about contact sports that teaches you about discipline, respect, mutual respect for your opponent, that you don't get in non-contact sports.
"If your body is taking a physical toll and punishment, you've got to respect your body because that's your insulation, that's your asset. You have to have even more respect for your body.
"Boxers, for example, MMA, wrestling, the contact sports are the ones where I think you learn the most discipline. Because you can't perform unless you take great care of your body."
The only thing that could give Brady pause would be the media pressure on them to match his accomplishments.
"I would never want for them to be 'Tom Brady's son' playing football," he said.