Tom Brady on Life After Super Bowl: 'Zero' Chance I Retire


If anyone wondered if New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might ride off into the sunset should he win his record sixth Super Bowl, they can stop wondering.

Brady put that notion to rest in no uncertain terms over the weekend when he told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that there is no chance he will retire after this season.

“is there any chance this is your last game?” asked Darlington.

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“Zero,” said Brady, making a zero with his hand. “There’s zero … there’s zero.”

“I’ve said that for a long time. I feel like I’m asked that a lot and I feel like I repeat the same answer, but no one wants to believe me,” Brady said.

Brady said last year in his “Tom vs. Time” documentary that he’d like to play five more years. He reiterated that to Darlington.

“I’ve set a goal for myself at 45 and like I said before, its very hard to make it that far,” Brady said.

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“I know how hard it was this year and the commitment it takes and hopefully I’ve learned from some of the things that have happened this year to be better next year, but every year is tough,” he added.

Brady is making his ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, which is a record.

No one else is even close.

The next players on the list are Mike Lodish and Don Beebe, both of whom were part of six Super Bowls — four with the Bills and two with the Packers. Lodish played in all 6, but Beebe only played in three.

If he wins, Brady would stand alone as the only player with six Super Bowl rings. Currently he is tied with Charles Haley who won five rings with the Cowboys and 49ers.

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Brady was asked what would make him stop playing.

“I’m going to know when the time is right,” said Brady. “I’m going to feel like, ‘OK, I’ve kind of had enough’ and I don’t quite feel like that yet. I feel like I’ve still made a lot of improvements and I still feel like I can continue to do it at a championship level.

“I think that’s where I was at before and that’s still where I’m at now.”

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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