Tom Brady has been amidst retirement rumors for quite some while. Most fans and pundits are deep into speculating his latest moves to decipher his destination. Now, Brady has finally addressed his retirement plans if he is considering it.
On September 12th, Brady addressed the most recent retirement rumors on the “Let’s Go!” Podcast. It was a day after the Bucs’ 19-3 victory at Dallas to start the season. Brady will likely retire after this season, according to individuals familiar with his thinking but here’s what he has to say.
“I think for me, I’m just gonna take it day by day. I’ll evaluate everything as it comes. One of these days, they’re gonna be right. I will say that. One of these days, if you make enough predictions and so forth, and I think we’ve all kind of talked about the predictions that have not come true.”
Brady also acknowledged that his retirement was getting close, and his offseason demeanor was very telling. He took a 41-day hiatus from playing during the offseason in February before rejoining the Bucs in March. In addition, he agreed to a $375 million contract to broadcast for FOX after his football career is over.
The Bucs start has finally started to feel his age after the amazing career he has had. Brady admitted that the Dallas game the following morning still hurt him. He took numerous hits as well as a few sacks. Brady also discussed with Gray how much he has missed off the field over the course of 22 and approaching 23 seasons.
“There’s no margin for error when you’re 45. You know you take hits and you feel every hit. When you’re younger, your body’s a lot different. And when you’re 45, your body changes a lot.”
The sum of all these previous statements provides a convincing argument in favor of his retirement. The commitment and mental and physical toll the game exerts on a player has finally crept onto the quarterback. Fans continue to wish for him to play another season even though it appears like his career is coming to an end soon.
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