For the second time in the last 12ish months, future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady retired from the National Football League.
According to Brady, though, his retirement doesn’t have much to do with his on-the-field ability, as the 45-year-old signal caller says that he can still play in the NFL.
Mere days after retiring and telling Colin Cowherd that he would begin broadcasting for Fox in 2024, Brady said on his Let’s Go! podcast that while he believes he can still play, now is the “right time” to call it quits.
“There’s always gonna be a part [of me] that wants to play and a part of me that, you know, feels like I can play. I think there’s just a decision to know that it’s the right time,” Brady said.
“So I think for me it’s more of just, it’s gonna end at some point, and I think now’s the time. And it’s not that I can’t do it. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to do it. It’s not that I wouldn’t be excited to play. I love playing football. I’ve loved playing football since I was a kid on the street on Portola Drive. So I think it’s just a decision that it’s time to do other things.”
Brady’s comments are certainly interesting considering that he unretired in 2022 after just 40 days of retirement. As many NFL know, his decision to return to the Tampa Bay Bucs appeared to cost him his marriage, as he and Gisele officially filed for divorce at the beginning of the season.
As things stand, Brady’s final NFL game will be a Wild Card weekend loss at home to Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. If he remains retired, he’ll be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in five years.
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