Even though Tom Brady played at a ridiculously high level in 2017, don’t expect conversations about his potential retirement date to let up.
While Brady has stated his desire to play into his mid-40s, football is a violent game that takes a tremendous toll on your body, and the New England Patriots quarterback could decide enough is enough at any moment.
Following the final episode of Brady’s Facebook show “Tom Vs. Time,” Fox Sports 1’s resident hot take artists Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless discussed the possibility of Brady hanging up his helmet sooner rather than later. The Hall of Fame tight end revealed Tuesday on “Undisputed” that he believes the legendary signal-caller only will hang it up soon if he suffers a catastrophic injury, otherwise, don’t expect the Brady era to end anytime soon.
“He’s talking about, ‘it’s going to be a family decision,’ no it’s not! You can have your mom, your dad, your sisters and Gisele, guess what? You have one more vote than them because that’s the only vote that matters,” Sharpe said. “Unfortunately I have a feeling Skip, that Tom is going to try and play as long as he can unforeseen injury notwithstanding. And I’m afraid that might be the only way, is that an injury knocks him out for part of the season and he walks away.”
In a previous episode of the show, Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen joked that he loves football more than her, and Sharpe believes that Brady’s comments throughout the series show he’s not close to being done.
“So that doesn’t sound like a guy that says, ‘you know what? I got one more year,’ ” Sharpe said. “He’s not retiring after an MVP season, obviously. But I don’t see him walking away, minus an injury, anytime soon. I thought he was going to play like two years, get to 20 (years), but Tom Brady, he might try to be like (Adam) Vinatieri. Vinatieri came in the league in’96 and he’s still playing.”
Brady playing well into his 40s would be music to Patriots fans ears.
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