Tom Brady has 'dream' of potentially playing an NFL game in China

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent his Father's Day in a weird spot, hanging out at the Great Wall of China and throwing passes along one of the Great Wonders of the World. Pretty hard for a guy like Brady to have something left on the bucket list, but there you go.

Turns out there is actually another item in China he wants to hit one day as well, because Brady wants to play a football game in Asia at some point, according to something the Pats quarterback said while on the Asian tour.

"My dream is to play a game here in China someday," Brady said via the Associated Press. "We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago, and my team was going to play here, and unfortunately it didn't work out. But one day I hope that there are many games here, and over the course of a year, because it's such a great sport and because I love it so much, to bring that here and to bring the discipline and incredible strategy involved."

The NFL likely agrees with Brady and appreciates him pointing out that playing professional football in China -- or even just somewhere in Asia -- would be a good thing. 

The NBA knows more than any other league the power that can be unleashed from the country of China becoming interested in the sport. When Yao Ming was on the Rockets, multiple teammates would end up making the All-Star Game because of the interest from overseas that Ming generated in the NBA.

The folks at Park Avenue would love to tap into that passion. The question is how the timing will work. Brady wants to play until he's 45, so he might very well be able to end up playing in a game in China. The league will reportedly send the Rams to play a team in China during the 2018 season, but the Pats aren't on the shortlist of possible opponents that has been reported. 

So either Brady is going to have to play for a lot longer (totally possible) or he's going to have to end up playing for a different team (also totally possible). Brady in China is on the table but it will take some luck to make it happen. 

Totally random, but the Great Wall of China is actually 9,680,528 yards long, while Peyton Manning, the career leader for most passing yards in NFL history, has 71,940 yards. Brady is fourth at 61,582 yards. So Brady would need more than 157 of his current careers to pass for the full length of the Great Wall. 

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