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 this offseason. 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 in November that Brady could be in his final days in New England, Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero said otherwise.
In an appearance on The Greg Hill Show, Guerrero believes the three-time NFL MVP could play past 45 years old.
Tom Brady Retirement
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.
"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 came 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."
Will Tom Brady Play in 2020?
Simply put, the answer is yes. Although he will enter free agency, an Instagram post on January 8 indicated Brady will be back for the 2020 NFL season.
Come on. Did you really think Tom Brady's last pass in his career was going to be a pick-six in the AFC Wild Card game loss to the Tennessee Titans?
Owner Robert Kraft wants him to stay in Foxborough. Patriots fans do, too. The future is uncertain, but it looks like Brady plans to return next season, even if it means playing for a different team.
"I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that's not the nature of sports (or life).
"Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we've been reward with something that the scoreboard won't shot - the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about.
"In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You don't always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and play yourself in the arena again.
"And that's right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove."
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 rest of 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.
This post was originally published on November 14, 2019.
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