Tom Brady Says Next Time He Retires It Will Be for Good
Tom Brady may have already quit the NFL once only to come back again, but at 45 years old he is still pushing the boundaries of what an athlete can achieve: his offseason training is proving to be the gold standard among many pro ball players, and he remains intent on securing his status as one of the GOATs of pro football.
Brady retired from the sport at the start of 2022, a development which lasted just 40 days before he then famously "un-retired" and announced his return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "These past two months I have realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands," he said at the time. "That time will come. But it’s not now."
Ever since his return, speculation has been rife as to how much longer Brady will continue to play. His former Patriots teammate who followed him out of retirement to the Bucs, Rob Gronkowski, has stated that he thinks Brady has another five years in the game, minimum. "I believe he'll have until at least 50 years old," Gronk told Jimmy Kimmel in April 2022. "I mean, I see his work ethic day in and day out, and it's second to none."
During a recent conversation on the Let's Go! podcast, Brady shared some clarification on his career plans. "I think next time I decide to retire, that's it for me," he said. "So whenever that day comes, we'll figure it out."
But we shouldn't expect him to retire again any time soon. When asked whether he sees himself leaving the NFL any time soon, Brady said: "I really don't. I think what I really realized last year was you've got to be really sure to do that. And for me, you know, a lot of people have kind of gone through this situation."
He added: "I'm going to take my time, whenever that time does come."
From: Esquire US