Tom Brady jokes about retirement after reaching 1,000 rushing yards

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady trotted himself into the 1,000-rushing yards club in Sunday's game against the Vikings, and he may be quitting while he's ahead.

The 41-year-old quarterback seemed to be pretty elated at surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for his career, and now that he's won five Super Bowls, maybe he's now accomplished enough.

"It's good", receiver Julian Edelman said after the Patriots improved to 9-3 and remained a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race for the top seed in the AFC.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after rushing for a first down during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium.

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"HE DID IT" they crowed in post after after Brady, under pressure in the pocket on a third-down with three yards to go play, shot through an opening to pick up a first down. "And obviously, I'm not a scrambler". He joked in an Instagram video that the 1,000-yard milestone was the only thing that kept him playing. "It really hasn't been a part of my game".

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, like Brady, had little interest in noting the milestone. "That's it. I'm out".

"I think that's what's great about this offense", running back Rex Burkhead said after returning from an eight-game absence due to a neck injury.

In his 264th career game, Brady surpassed the mark with a 5-yard scramble for a first down on a third-and-3 play in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. Including playoffs, that is 579 touchdowns for Brady, which ties him with Peyton Manning for most all time.

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