New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.Reuters

If there comes a day in the future, where NFL ceases to exist, there will be one quarterback we will definitely look back fondly on, and that is New England Patriot player Tom "Terrific" Brady. The QB, who holds the record for the most number if Super Bowl touchdown passes, is celebrating his 39th birthday on Monday, 3 August.

The fierce athlete's disciplined life and brave choices are worth emulating and his words of wisdom are worth learning. Therefore, we have compiled some of Tom Brady's best quotes in celebration of his birthday:

Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.

Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.

I don't want to wake up and be bored. That's probably my greatest fear is to have nothing to do. What better job is there than to play quarterback for an NFL team, and certainly one that I've been on for a long time and had success with? I don't plan on giving it up any time soon. 

You never get over losses. I've never gotten over one loss I've had in my career. They always stick with me. 

You don't like to see your guys take the field without you because it makes you feel like, man, maybe they really don't need me out there, which is kind of humbling.

Every man should know, if you're comfortable and you like it, you should do it. Everyone always worries about what the girls think, what the guys think. If you like it, do it. 

I think that at the start of a game, you're always playing to win, and then maybe if you're ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.

You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.

Happy Birthday, Tom Brady!

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