Tom Brady, 41: There’s ‘zero’ percent chance I’ll retire this year, I’ll play until I’m 45

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady plays against the NY Jets at the Giants Stadium

The Super Bowl is happening on Sunday, and I guess I’m still in a state of disbelief that the Patriots are going back there yet again. How is it that a team with a 41-year-old quarterback is really doing this??? Well, it’s because Tom takes very good care of himself. He really does, no shade. I reserve my shade for his hokey, fraudulent “trainer” and the pseudoscience they promote together. While Tom follows an absolutely insane diet, he also believes he can “prevent” concussions by… stretching and doing a bro-version of yoga. He also believes that drinking water prevents sunburns. And the Patriots, as an organization, just have to eat that. They have to live with Tom’s pseudoscience, even though Bill Belichick tried to kick out Tom’s hokey trainer/business partner. But I digress – Tom is in pretty good shape, and apparently he’s not here for any retirement questions. Remember when he got tons of retirement questions after the Patriots lost last year’s Super Bowl? Yeah, Tom still doesn’t want to talk about it.

Attention fans of the 31 NFL teams that are looking forward to the day when Tom Brady finally retires: Don’t hold your breath. The 41-year-old insists he won’t be hanging up his cleats anytime soon, regardless of what happens this weekend. After losing last year’s championship to the Philadelphia Eagles and experiencing a decline in numbers this season, many have wondered whether Brady would be looking to score one last Super Bowl ring to close out his legendary career on a high note. Yet, according to the man himself, he isn’t riding off into the sunset for another few seasons. In fact, there is a “zero” percent chance.

“I’ve said that for a long time,” Brady told ESPN on Sunday. “I feel like I’m asked that a lot, and I feel like I repeat the same answer. But no one believes me. I’ve set a goal for myself at 45. Like I’ve said before, it’s very hard to make it that far. I know how hard it was this year and the commitment it takes, and hopefully, I’ve learned from some of the things that happened this year to be better next year. But every year is tough.”

When it comes to retirement, Brady says he’ll know when the time is right — and that time isn’t now.

“I’m gonna feel like, ‘OK, I’ve had enough,’ ” he told the outlet. “I don’t quite feel like that yet.”

And while Brady’s stats may have dipped in some categories this season compared to previous years, he sees enough positives to feel he can compete for a long time to come.

“I feel like I’ve still made a lot of improvements, and I still feel like I can continue to do it at a championship level,” he explained to ESPN. “And I think that’s where I was at before, and that’s still where I’m at now.”

[From People]

There are always debates about elite athletes and ageing and the wear and tear of professional sports on someone’s body. I’m reminded of Andy Murray’s tearful retirement announcement several weeks ago – his retirement is being forced on him, because his body can’t handle the sport any longer. Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Serena Williams are still trucking along at their high levels, and both will turn 38 later this year. If anything, age has made Serena and Roger trickier and more aggressive. We do live in an era when professional athletes can compete longer and at very high levels well into their 30s. But considering the brutality of football and what we know of CTE, I just find Brady’s decision so fundamentally irresponsible. Actually, I go back and forth on it – on one side, he’s incredibly irresponsible for being so short-sighted about his health. On the other side, I do see how he talks himself into it – he’s still winning, he’s still playing at a high level, and perhaps he feels like his decades of experience have made him wiser and more aggressive. But still… four more years of this?

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady plays against the NY Jets at the Giants Stadium

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Sunday could very well be Gronk’s last game, not Brady’s. Thirty other starting quarterbacks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, with somewhere between 30 to 60 NFL quarterbacks not making it. Let’s ask them if they’re coming back next year.

    • Beth says:

      I’ll be crushed if my Gronk ends up retiring, but with all his injuries, it best for him to stop before he ends up unfixable. I hope he does his show ‘Crashletes’ on Nickelodeon again so I can keep enjoying him

    • EOA says:

      Everyone will laugh at this but Gronk is much smarter – about his image anyway – than people give him credit for. If he retires now, he can do so at the relatively top of his game and make even more in endorsements.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Gronk has come a long way in that regard and I think it is due to his family stepping in after the injuries started. He was quite wild at first, earning a reprimand from Myra (May She Rest in Peace) Kraft for conduct unbecoming the uniform and partying constantly. Going out now does, as you point out, keeps him in the endorsement game (the Tide Pod commercials are a hoot) and prevents further damage to his fragile spine. He’s pretty much guaranteed a place in Canton as it is now, no need to add to the numbers with the risk of serious injury.

  2. Alissa says:

    honestly, if he can keep playing and still make it to super bowls, let him play. I just hope that he doesn’t get so stuck on 45 but he keeps playing when he really can’t anymore. pull a Seinfeld and go out when you’re still on top there, bud.

    • Ravensduaghter says:

      He’s taking a risk for micro-concussions, or a serious concussion, every time he plays. He’s over 40 and physically isn’t as able to avoid injuries as a quarterback as he was when he was younger.
      There are loads of other potential injuries, too, but the potential head trauma issue is, in my opinion, the unacceptable risk. (Which is why my sons never played football).

      • Chris Christie's Belt says:

        One day he will wake up and feel old like everyone else. Most people start feeling that somewhat by their early 40′s, though not that much, but enough to not play in the NFL.

  3. Beth says:

    It takes more than just a quarterback for a team to keep making it. Some who don’t know anything about football other than the same team seems to always be there and their quarterback is the GOAT don’t realize how talented and hard working the coaches and the entire team is, not just Brady. Tom is still well and able to play, and if he doesn’t want to retire yet, that’s his choice, we’re proud to have him

  4. Eric says:

    That means we get 4 more years of Bill Bellichek mumbling into a microphone wearing a cutoff hoodie.

    Great.

    • Muffy says:

      Don’t forget cheating!

    • Lightpurple says:

      Actually, no, it doesn’t. Belichick limits his sentimentality to that hoodie. Belichick does what is best for himself. If retiring or changing teams is what he wants to do, that’s what he’ll do.

  5. Anastasia says:

    I’ll be nice and NOT put into words how I feel about this man and the Patriots.

  6. Belle Epoch says:

    Personally I would have added something like “knock on wood”, You know the expression – if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans!

  7. Angie says:

    I suppose it depends if he wants to go out on top. Brady is still good obviously but not as good as he was. If he stays in it will be until he stops winning, which will happen. I’d want to go out on top but it’s not really something i need to worry about. I do think Gronk is done.

  8. Lindy says:

    Brady’s obviously talented. But he’s a cheating Trump fan, so…. gross.

  9. Doodle says:

    When are we going to hear about a Brady blind rage due to CTE? You can’t Gloop diet your way out of a concussion bro. This guy is the male Gwyneth and he drives me nuts. And I think he doesn’t want to quit because without football, he probably doesn’t have much of an identity.

    • Berry says:

      I’ve been wondering about CTE as well. How many concussions has Brady suffered?

      • whatWHAT? says:

        more than has been reported.

        remember when Giselle spilled and then had to take back what she said about how many he’s had?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “And I think he doesn’t want to quit because without football, he probably doesn’t have much of an identity.”

      This right here. dude is one of the best to ever play, but that’s ALL he is. yeah, husband, father, yadda yadda…but all he knows is football. without it, he’s got nothing. his GOOP-like lifestyle lessons are crap. his entire identity is “greatest QB”, which is an impressive achievement, but post NFL, he’ll struggle for relevancy. I suspect he’ll go the way of Favre, who stayed beyond his expiration date and is now a punchline.

    • billypilgrim says:

      @Doodle
      Yes, I would like to see a scan of his brain. Disease starts early don’t think Brady can avoid it.
      See Tyler Hilinski. College quarterback with stage one CTE.

      Just read this, which enrages me! His hubris and ignorance are a dangerous combination.

      https://qz.com/1266681/the-only-thing-worse-than-when-tom-brady-doesnt-talk-about-cte-is-when-he-does/

    • isabelle says:

      Most players don’t end up with CTE. Quarterbacks also aren’t as in danger as is there is less tackling and “take downs”. He has a whole team protecting him, its not the same for a quarterback. It happens of course but most still don’t get it.

  10. Jen says:

    I am as sick as anyone of the Patriots in the SuperBowl (And please, NE, stop the “we’re still here,” “bet against us” stuff, please-like oh yes, the heartwarming, against all odds underdogs have made it?) but he probably can do this. He made a comment once about how yes, he’s much older than a lot of today’s guys but he probably takes better care of himself than a lot of them too, and I don’t doubt that. Certainly seems to take it more seriously than my QB (ugh.)

  11. isabelle says:

    ugh…..His face annoys me. I had a dream the Rams won las night. Hoping it comes true.

  12. Veronica says:

    It’s his body and his life and his passion, but CTE is nothing to mess around with. I hope for his family’s sake he’s spared that fate.

  13. Tiffany says:

    Does it feel this year like the SB is collectively a thud. I mean, even before the playoffs there is not this hype and excitement, especially with commercials and trailers.

    I have been committed to not watching for the past couple of years but everything leading up to it was so in your face.

  14. Molly Fulton says:

    Not a Tom Brady fan, but I do trust him to make decisions about his own body/health/career. And with all the rules changes the NFL has implemented, QBs are practically protected with bubble wrap. Not really, but he doesn’t run the same risks other player positions do.

  15. hillarshe says:

    How can he count past 21?

  16. GreenTurtle says:

    What is the bro version of yoga? Yoga is not for a specific gender. There are plenty of male yogis and always have been.