In his 20th season, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has continued to face questions concerning his long-term future in the NFL. Brady has long insisted that he will be playing until his mid-40s, but he has given oftentimes vague responses about what his plans will be after this season. He has once again added to the speculation during an interview on Wednesday morning.
Tom Brady: Ageless Wonder
In his two decades in the league, Brady has continued to add to his first-ballot Hall of Fame career behind his stellar play on the field.
The 42-year-old has stayed on track as one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league as he’s currently seventh with 1,992 passing yards and tied for fifth with 11 touchdown passes that could potentially put him in the MVP conversation. Brady has recorded more than 240 passing yards all but once while throwing for more than 300 yards four times as well as multiple touchdown passes on four occasions.
There doesn’t appear to be any notable drop-off in his game, as he has been a significant reason the Patriots are holding the best mark in the league having won their first seven games of the season on the fast track towards another Super Bowl. But Brady has continued to voice some open-mindedness to his NFL future beyond the 2019 season.
Tom Brady hints at possibly considering retirement
Over the last several years, Brady has stayed the course of stating that he wants to continue to play until he turns 45 years old.
However, that hasn’t dwindled the chatter around his status as he has entered his 20th year in the league. Brady once again touched upon the topic in an interview on Wednesday morning during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” (h/t Mike Reiss of ESPN)
“I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years, you kind of feel like your responsibility is to always fulfill the contract. For me, it’s been good because I’m just taking it day by day and I’m enjoying what I have. I don’t know what the future holds, and the great part is, for me, football at this point is all borrowed time.
The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback may still have a strong passion for the game, but there is no set timetable for him to determine when he will know that he will retire. At the same time, it does leave the possibility on the table that it could come after this season as his contract extension with the Patriots has an option where he can opt-out of the deal.
What this indicates more than anything else is that the potential for him retiring could come at any point moving forward over the rest of his career.
Tom Brady, Patriots playing like Super Bowl favorites
It has been nothing short of an impressive start to the 2019 season for the Patriots that has them pegged as the early favorites to win the Super Bowl again.
Brady’s play has been quite encouraging, but it has been the dominance that the Patriots defense has displayed that has put them over the top. New England has become a juggernaut on that end of the ball, ranking second across the board in total yards allowed, against the pass and the run.
How their defense has played has only further fueled the belief that Brady and the Patriots are hedging towards a seventh Super Bowl win. On top of that, New England has added another piece to the puzzle offensively with the addition of veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
Until given reason otherwise, it’s hard to believe things could transpire in another scenario away from the 42-year-old hoisting yet another Lombardi trophy next February.