If you’ve watched Tom Brady at all over the last few seasons, you’d think he was never going to retire. He’s played at a high level, avoided any major injury, and shrugs questions about retirement aside. Brady has said that he wants to play into his mid-forties, but in a recent interview, it sounds like he might be changing his mind.
Is Brady stepping away soon?
Oprah Winfrey sat down for an interview with Brady that is set to air on Sunday. Winfrey and Brady openly discussed his retirement.
“I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later,” Brady said.
Brady wouldn’t say exactly what he means by that. Winfrey pushed him to get an exact number, but Brady wouldn’t say. Brady could mean another three to four years, but his recent actions make it seem like he’s thinking sooner.
No matter what Brady says or does the retirement question won’t go away until he actually steps away from the game.
Did this offseason change Brady’s mind?
The Patriots and Brady have gone through an odd offseason. For a team that hasn’t leaked anything in the last 20 years a lot of leaks started to come out this offseason. It all started with the trade of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Coach Bill Belichick reportedly wanted to trade Brady, and then the team lost the Super Bowl.
A power struggle in the organization broke out, and players started to speak out against the coach and saying that the team wasn’t fun to play for. The team got rid of Brady’s favorite targets and key players. For the first time in his career, Brady looked like he was openly angry with Belichick.
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When the Patriots looked like they were going to trade Rob Gronkowski, Brady threatened to retire before the season started. Gronkowski also thought about retiring. At this point, Brady may be wondering what’s left to play for. He already has 5 Super Bowl wins, multiple MVPs, and is guaranteed to be in the Hall of Fame.
If Brady walks away before 2018, it will be the end of an era and possibly the end of a dynasty.