New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has done it all.
The 40-year-old will play in his eighth Super Bowl next week, has won the game more than any other quarterback and could surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr for the most championships in NFL history.
So with little left to prove, will Brady consider retiring on top if New England wins once again? Apparently, former Patriots quarterback and current broadcaster Scott Zolak doesn’t think so.
“No,” Zolak said during an appearance on Pro Football Talk. “Absolutely not. Especially with Jimmy [Garoppolo] not being here. No, I don’t. I really don’t. I think it’s two more. … I think he has two more realistic seasons left.”
New England opted to trade Garoppolo, considered by many as Brady’s successor, midway through the season to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round draft pick.
“I have never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never feel that way when Jimmy got traded, or Jacoby [Brissett] got traded. I have kept in touch with all those guys. When Matt Cassel was gone — all these guys I’ve worked with. I feel like I have had such great relationships with all the quarterbacks I have worked with. I have kept in touch with basically everybody. To characterize that as a certain way is just completely wrong.”
Earlier this week, former NFL kicker and CBS Sports reporter Jay Feely said Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, tried to get him to convince her husband to retire last offseason, according to Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated (H/T Darren Hartwell of NESN).
“Last spring Brady and his family vacationed with retired kicker Jay Feely, a close friend from their college days at Michigan,” Bishop said. “This being Brady, Feely prefers not to disclose the locale, but he does share that Brady’s wife, the supermodel Gisele Bundchen, spent time on that trip ‘trying to get me to convince (Tom) to stop playing.’ And, Feely adds, ‘she was dead serious.’”
Despite Brady being one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league, perhaps his wife knows more than the rest of us.
Bündchen infamously claimed that her husband played through concussions during the 2016 season in May, despite having never been listed as having one on an injury report.
Brady played through a hand injury last week to lead New England to its eighth Super Bowl appearance and AFC championship, improving his career playoff record to 27-9.
Considering Brady is already the most decorated quarterback in the history of the NFL and is 40 years old, it’s no surprise that his wife would be concerned about his health, especially if the quarterback makes good on his prediction to play into his mid-40’s.