A decade ago, Brett Favre launched an eight-year odyssey by musing to Peter King of Sports Illustrated about possible retirement.
When it comes to the eventual retirement of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, there will be no public angst or conflicting reports or mixed signals or unretirements. Brady tells Peter King of Sports Illustrated that the future Hall of Famer will play for as long as he can.
It’s a departure from last year’s proclamation that Brady will play for 10 more years, and for good reason.
“My wife [Gisele Bundchen] said to me, ‘When I met you [in 2006], you said you wanted to play 10 more years,” Brady told King. “How come that number never goes down?’ It’s that I love the game. I love the game. I’m going to play until they tell me they don’t want me anymore.”
It’s a great attitude, but it’s also one of the major challenges former players confront on a regular basis. They play until the game is done with them, and they still want to play long after that day has come.
It’s all the more reason that the NFL and NFLPA should find ways to help guys like Brady, who at some point will be kicked to the curb even though he still wants to drive the car.