For the past few years, and really too many to count, NFL fans have asked when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would retire. No matter how much you love or respect him, there’s no stopping some people from hating on his winning ways.
After winning yet another Super Bowl last year — the sixth in the Patriots dynasty under head coach Bill Belichick — and despite starting the 2019 season with an 8-1 record, rumors and speculation swirled like the wind, but the takes are colder than winters in Boston, Massachusetts.
Yes, the 42-year-old Brady is an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Yes, he and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, put their mansion up for sale. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Brady is ready to walk away from the game anytime soon.
Despite reports from ESPN insider Adam Schefter on Monday Night Countdown that Brady could be in his final days in New England, Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero says otherwise.
In an appearance on The Greg Hill Show, Guerrero believes the three-time NFL MVP could play past 45 years old.
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Sure, much like any other reports, this isn’t certain, but the report is still very fascinating. After all, it is Tom Brady.
“It all comes to commitment, really. No one thought you could play at the elite level in your late 30s, early 40s. That is something we always felt we could do. I have really wanted to be there to help him accomplish that goal. I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal.Advertisement
“We talk about it all the time. Every year he just adds another year. He goes in and he’s like, ‘Guys, I feel so good still. I think I am going to go till 45.’ I am like, ‘OK.’ Now he’s like, ‘Alex, I think I can go like 46 or 47.’”
— Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady’s trainer, via WEEI
This, of course, also comes after Brady’s appearance on the WWEI show to talk about the reports and his future.
“That is the great part for me, I don’t know. I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind feel like (there is) the responsibility to always fulfill the contract,” Brady said. “For me, it’s been good because I am just taking it day by day and I am 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. I never expected to play 20 years and I am playing on a great team and it’s just been an incredible 20 years of my life. To play for Mr. Kraft, and Jonathan and the Kraft family and for Coach Belichick and to have so much success is a dream come true.”
Brady has shown no signs of slowing down this season. Through nine games, he completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns with five interceptions, and the Patriots had the best record in the AFC. New England’s only loss came to the Baltimore Ravens.
This isn’t the first time Brady’s retirement has come up. It won’t be the last. In fact, there’s an almost certain chance it will continue through the playoffs and into the offseason.
It’s all pretty ridiculous, honestly, but this is what we get when talking about one of the greatest players in NFL history. So get ready to see his face everywhere.