New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is hopeful that the NFL will play a game in China one day and that he will be able to participate, according to ESPN.com.
Brady was visiting China for the first time over the weekend.
“My dream is to play a game here in China someday,” said Brady. “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 game Brady is talking about was a preseason contest against the Seattle Seahawks back in 2007. The game was slated to take place in China, but the NFL redirected its focus to having regular-season games in London and cancelled the China trip.
Brady will also visit Japan on Wednesday.
“I am excited about the opportunity to be able to connect with the people in China and Japan, experience the incredible culture and share my love for the game with my fans,” he said. “The tour will be rewarding for me as I experience Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. I hope to learn more about the next generation of athletes in Asia and to inspire them to always push boundaries through hard work, dedication, humility and perseverance both on and off the field.”
The Patriots will open up their season on Thursday, Sept. 7 when they host the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 p.m. ET.