ALLEN PARK, Mich - During his five years in New England, Danny Amendola got to know Tom Brady pretty well. He even earned the nickname Danny 'Playoff' from the quarterback after his clutch performances in the post season. While Brady and Amendola are no longer teammates, their friendship remains strong.
"Luckily don't have to try and break up any passes or try and tackle him," Amendola said of practicing with Brady. "I've seen him play a lot of great football. To be on the same field and see him in practice is awesome just because we're friends. It's good to see him."
During his time in New England, Amendola hauled in 230 catches for 2,383 yards. Brady connected with Amendola in the end zone 12 times. While many wonder how much longer the 42-year-old quarterback can play at a high level, Amendola knows the end is not near.
"He can play forever. Perhaps we should stop putting a deadline on it and just let him play," Amendola said. "The guy is in great shape, great condition. Obviously, he can throw the ball really well. He's cerebral, top notch, so I'm excited to see how far he wants to go and how long he wants to play. There's no timeline."
Playing for the Patriots made Amendola better. The lessons he learned in Foxbourough are ones the wide receiver carries with him.
"I learned how to be a smart, tough, fundamentally sound football player," Amendola said. " I carry what I learned there wherever I'm going in the future."