Tom Brady has never made it clear when he’ll be retiring, but he’s started to speculate that the end is much closer than we think it might be.
On an episode of ‘The Shop’ by LeBron James, Brady spoke about several topics related to his career. Of course, the most viral one was him talking about a team which chose to pass him up saying “You’re sticking with that motherf**ker?”
However, there was more to the episode too. He talked about his struggles with winning a Super Bowl after his early run of success, the way he reveals nothing to anyone ever, and the difference between celebrating a ring in Tampa Bay vs. New England.
He also spoke about how his career his nearing the end. Watching Tom Brady speak about his retirement is such a foreign concept to everyone that nobody on the episode believed he was telling the truth.
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When Will Tom Brady Retire?
Tom Brady reupped with the Buccaneers offseason, signing a contract extension that will keep him around till 2022. After that, it’s anyone’s guess when he’ll officially decide to hang up the cleats.
Brady is now 43 years old, and in the past, he’s made his intentions very clear that he wants to play until he’s 45 at least. Everything is up to Brady at this point.
He’s got the rings, he has his legacy, and there’s no question he’s accumulated an enormous amount of money over his playing career. His retirement doesn’t have any conditions attached to it.
Peyton Manning was declining when he wanted to retire, but he wanted to make sure he got at least one more ring before he did so. As a result, there was always a lot of speculation about when he’d end his career because he was hurting his legacy a lot more by playing in horrible games towards the end.
However, with Brady that isn’t the case. In fact, he only seems to be getting better with age. He put up the second most passing touchdowns in a season of his career with 40 last season, and he never once looked like he was getting slower.
He also doesn’t have any pressure to win. His seven rings isn’t just superior to every player, but it’s also more than any other team in history. Nobody is touching that for a long time if ever. Brady is in the rare position where everything is on his terms.
He’s more than achieved what he’s set out to do. This season with the Buccaneers was supposed to be his way of proving to everyone that he isn’t a product of Belichick’s system, and he did that.
What more do you want him to do? The clock is ticking on Brady’s career, and we may see an end sooner than later. One thing is certain though. Brady has complete control of this situation.
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