Tom Brady: Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?

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Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft said Tom Brady has “earned the right” to decide when to call it a career. Kraft essentially guaranteed in an interview with the NFL Network that the team will never ask the future Hall of Famer to retire, allowing Brady to leave on his own terms.

Not that Brady is ready to retire anytime soon.

“Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I don’t get it,” Brady said when asked about Kraft’s comments. “I’m having fun. The team’s doing good. I know I’m a little bit older than most of the other guys, but I’m really enjoying it. I obviously enjoy the experience of playing in this game. This has been obviously a dream come true many times over.

“. . . I’m not thinking about retirement. I’m thinking about the Super Bowl and trying to win the most important game of the year. It’s going to take a lot to do it.”

Thirty-one other teams are ready for Brady’s retirement. But Brady, 40, has said more than once he hopes to play into his mid-40s. If he does, Brady could break Steve DeBerg’s records.

DeBerg became the oldest player on a Super Bowl roster when, at the age of 45 years, 12 days, he served as the backup quarterback for the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. He also holds the record as the oldest quarterback to start a game, playing for the Falcons against the Jets in 1998 when he was 44 years, 279 days old.

“I didn’t know that about Steve DeBerg,” Brady said. “I know he was a great player and obviously he played for a long time. That’s a great credit to him. I’ve always wanted to play to my mid-40s. We’ll see. Football is such a physical sport. I mean, every game really could be your last game. It’s the reality of the sport. I’d love to plan for those things. I try to work hard at the things I need to in order to allow my body to feel good week after week, year after year. I’ve got a good routine that’s really worked for me, especially over the last 10, 12 years. So as long as I feel like I’m willing to make a commitment to doing those things, then I feel like my body will be able to allow me to do that. That’s obviously what my goals are.”

71 responses to “Tom Brady: Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?

  1. Because losers…have a philosophy…stating that…if you can’t beat the best…then don’t play the best. That was the same reason that you were suspended for 4 games.

  2. You have 31 very jealous owners, and countless, envious, opposing players who would like you to ride off into the sunset so that their team has a chance of making the playoffs.

    I say give it another 10 years or so, then make a decision 😉 You’re the GOAT, you make the determination.

  3. Great keep telln a 7th round pick that he is gettn to old. Now he will have ANOTHER chip on his shoulders and play in 5 more super bowls and play until he is 50! SHUT UP DAMMITT! Dont add fuel to the fire!

  4. Good for him, I hope he plays for as long as he wants to. To be be the best you have to beat the best. Not a chance he and Kraft didn’t have a conversation prior to the Jimmy G trade. Kraft got assurances that TB wasn’t going to retire any time soon. That is money in the bank that conversation happened lol

  5. If you want to get Brady to retire the worst thing you could do is keep asking when he will. If he keeps hearing that he will just push his body further. Realistically however I think he has 2-3 years left.

  6. Great keep telln a 7th round pick that he is gettn to old. Now he will have ANOTHER chip on his shoulders and play in 5 more super bowls and play until he is 50! SHUT UP DAMMITT! Dont add fuel to the fire!

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    We all know how much you know about Tom Brady.. Except for the fact that he was drafted in the 6th round genius

  7. Because the rest of the AFC wants a shot at a ring at some point, to be honest, I don’t want him to ever retire. If you can’t beat Brady then you don’t deserve a ring.

  8. buffalo75vette says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    We all know how much you know about Tom Brady.. Except for the fact that he was drafted in the 6th round genius
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    Actually, genius, he wasn’t – he was a compensatory pick AFTER the 6th rd, and thus in effect a 7th rd pick. Which is why you see some say 6th and others 7th. He was the 199th pick overall.

  9. This is all because people have been conditioned for years that at the exact chronological age of 40 (not 39, not 41) you’re supposed to turn into a pumpkin at midnight. Very arbitrary. Doesn’t take a number of things into account. There are many athletes that are challenging this notion in their respective sports.

    Of course there will be a point at which Brady is a detriment to himself and the team out there, and he’ll know it. As of this moment, it feels a few years away. When the end comes, it’ll probably come quick.

    It’ll be interesting to follow because no one fights against this thing harder.

  10. As a Dolphins fan, I always wanted us to take the East while the pats are still at their best. All this talk about the rest of the east having to wait for Brady and Belichick to retire is loser talk.

  11. I called this years back. It’s FrameGate Karma

    Those of you who INSIST that PSI doesn’t drop in the cold – like Goodell insists (yet will not release PSI from other games for comparison) – are DIRECTLY responsible for Brady looking to stretch out his career to age 45 or beyond

    The only recourse open to Brady to reclaim his good name that Goodell unfairly tarnished is to dominate as much as he can, for as long as he can.

    Every cry of “cheater” only stretches his career out further.

    Keep up the good work Hatriots!

  12. Because the rest of the league is tired of getting hosed. It’s become obvious that as long as Brady’s in the league everyone else is getting hosed.

    Go away and stop ruining my game with your bending of the rules.

  13. Maybe this will sound illogical, but retire to spend time with your family ? His mom was battling cancer, hopefully she is in remission, but there’s a high rate of recurrence, so wouldn’t he want to be there for his mom instead of continuing to train ? Then he has a 5 year old daughter, their young once, it goes by so fast, hopefully, Tom doesn’t regret not being able to be there seeing his daughter grow up by continually training and playing football. The song Cats in the Cradle comes to mind.

  14. jackedupboonie says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    Because the rest of the AFC wants a shot at a ring at some point, to be honest, I don’t want him to ever retire. If you can’t beat Brady then you don’t deserve a ring.

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    That is true but some people forget that New England went 10 years between their 3rd and 4th Super Bowl wins.

  15. I always enjoy the Max Kellerman’s (loud) argument that Brady will automatically drop off at a certain age just because Favre or some other random guy did. Is it that hard to believe you could prolong your career a few years through fitness, training and nutrition?

    10 years ago people though tennis players were done at 30 – and rightly so. Borg won his last Grand Slam tournament at 25. McEnroe at 25. Lendl at 30. Now Federer is winning Grand Slam tournaments at 36.

  16. I’m not a Pats fan, but I hope Brady plays as long as he wants to. He’s good for the game. The game does not improve by Tom joining Tony Romo in a booth.

    There were enough big stars out this season to feel the diminishing of the league when the stars go MIA. Pushing Tom or Eli out the door is a fool’s errand.

  17. The only person asking him to retire is his wife. Others are waiting for some “cliff”. It’s all kind of funny that nobody says a word about Brees who is one year younger.

  18. I hope he backs up the next QB until he’s 52. 10 super bowl rings, 800 career touchdowns and he still won’t have the interception record!

  19. Since Manning retired the Patriots have no legitimate competition in the AFC. If I was Brady I wouldn’t think about retirement either.

  20. jason9696 says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    That is true but some people forget that New England went 10 years between their 3rd and 4th Super Bowl wins.
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    They’ve won so many time I’ve lost track of which ones were before and after the Seahawks’ dynasty.

  21. If it weren’t for two awful decisions to pass instead of simply running the ball late in the game (Seahawks and Falcons), then Tom Brady would be 3-4 in Super Bowls. Think about it. Just two decisions by the opposition, decisions that had nothing to do with Brady, who was off-the-field at those times, made the difference. Now, that doesn’t mean he’s not the GOAT, but if Coach Pete Carroll and Coach Dan Quinn, respectively, had just run the damn ball, I guarantee fewer folks would be calling Brady the absolute, undeniable GOAT.

  22. jason9696 says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    Because the rest of the AFC wants a shot at a ring at some point, to be honest, I don’t want him to ever retire. If you can’t beat Brady then you don’t deserve a ring.
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    That is true but some people forget that New England went 10 years between their 3rd and 4th Super Bowl wins.

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    Fans should embrace that point. Brady lost a whole season, 3 AFC Championships and 2 Super Bowls in those 10 years and still managed to come back and win the Super Bowl in 2014. The level of sheer determination is incredible. That’s part of what makes them such a great story.

  23. Not a big Pats fan, but lets face it. Brady is the face of the NFL. The longer he continues to play at such a high level, the better things are for the League. Tom is like Tiger Woods. People watch to win or fail. So does Brady, He moves the ratings needle every game he plays. And yes, he is the undisputed GOAT.

  24. suncawy says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    Maybe this will sound illogical, but retire to spend time with your family ? His mom was battling cancer, hopefully she is in remission, but there’s a high rate of recurrence, so wouldn’t he want to be there for his mom instead of continuing to train ? Then he has a 5 year old daughter, their young once, it goes by so fast, hopefully, Tom doesn’t regret not being able to be there seeing his daughter grow up by continually training and playing football. The song Cats in the Cradle comes to mind.

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    That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. You are basically calling him a negligent son and parent with that reference. He goes home every night for dinner for most of the year, he has 5 months of the year to do what he wants, which yes, includes training and eating right, but he definitely has way more time to spend with his family than an average Dad. Then there is the fact that most people can’t retire until they are 65 and you are saying that Brady should just sit back and relax from the time he’s 40? He’s going to be working at something for many more years, might as well be football.

  25. The GOAT should consider keeping his brain intact for his 50s/60s..
    More concussions or a bad hit, and what good will the greatest football player of all time do drooling in a wheelchair?

  26. jason9696 says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    Because the majority of football fans are sick and tired of the New England Patriots winning. Pretty simple.
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    There is always another option – to build even better team, just not as simple…

  27. streetyson says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:35 pm
    buffalo75vette says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    We all know how much you know about Tom Brady.. Except for the fact that he was drafted in the 6th round genius
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    Actually, genius, he wasn’t – he was a compensatory pick AFTER the 6th rd, and thus in effect a 7th rd pick. Which is why you see some say 6th and others 7th. He was the 199th pick overall.

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    Nobody says the 7th round. It wasn’t the 7th round. It was the 199th pick which is in the 6th round. The 6th round went to pick 206. The fact that it was a compensatory pick has nothing to do with the round.

  28. billsbackto81 says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    So fans and 31 other teams get to see games officiated on an even, unbiased playing field? That’s just a guess……..

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    The Bills lost two games by a combined 41 points to the Patriots this year. Doesn’t sound like officiating issues to me.

  29. DeBerg didn’t play for 4 years, then came back to play for the Falcons, so it’s kind of misleading. It’s not like he consistently played.

  30. Even the wife wants him to retire. But that’s more of a normal wife thing. Protective of his health and wants more of his time. However, if she truly loves him, which I think she does, she’ll let him leave on his own terms when he’s ready. That’s the loving thing to do.

  31. cjmullysr says:
    January 31, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Pats win Super Bowl. Brady retires. Pats sign Garappolo as free agent.

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    What is it with this notion the Pats will ever get another whiff of Jimmy G? He is gone to greener pastures. He is the MAN in SF. He is never coming back here except once every 4 years to play the AFC East….maybe in Foxborough.

    I can guarantee you if he is even half as good as all my fellow NE fans seem to think….a big IF BTW….then he is gonna wanna make his own history somewhere wherehe isn’t in Brady’s Long shadow

  32. Listen, Tom. You’re a nice story. Late round pick turned starter turned superstar. Married to a freaking supermodel. Hell, you’re the American dream. It’s what we all wish we could be.

    But, whether true or not, when you’re tied to deflategate, spygate, every other gate imaginable, people will turn on you. And the public loves an underdog, and we’re sick of seeing you guys win everything. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my team probably won’t win, but when the Pats and Alabama win yet another championship. it feels like a completely wasted season.

    So, it’s not jealously per se. We just have a hard time idolizing someone with (potential) asterisks.

  33. doctorrustbelt says:
    January 31, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Bogus pass interference penalties.
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    Big Ben fake spikes on 3rd and 10, only 2 Steelers even know a play is on, double clutches, fires into a crowd for the INT thus giving up on the typing FG and they, like you, blame the refs. You can’t make this stuff up.

  34. cjmullysr says:
    January 31, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Pats win Super Bowl. Brady retires. Pats sign Garappolo as free agent.
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    Brady isn’t retiring, lol. If he isn’t signed beforehand Garoppolo will be tagged. If there was even a hint of Brady retiring the Pats wouldn’t have traded Jimmy G.

  35. cjmullysr says:

    January 31, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Pats win Super Bowl. Brady retires. Pats sign Garappolo as free agent.

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    Chances are slim to none. If Jimmy G doesn’t sign a long term contract this offseason, San Fran will franchise him.

    On another note, as much as I hate him, I like to see new records. Might as well shatter them all. At least I can say I watched him play his entire career, whereas I missed all of Montana and Young.

  36. Fellas, just because someone brings up pass interference and the refs coddling Brady, that doesn’t mean all their success is due to that. He’s obviously great and their legacy is what it is. But don’t act like the rules weren’t tweaked mainly because of him.

  37. nyc_traffic says:

    January 31, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    If it weren’t for two awful decisions to pass instead of simply running the ball late in the game (Seahawks and Falcons), then Tom Brady would be 3-4 in Super Bowls. Think about it. Just two decisions by the opposition, decisions that had nothing to do with Brady, who was off-the-field at those times, made the difference. Now, that doesn’t mean he’s not the GOAT, but if Coach Pete Carroll and Coach Dan Quinn, respectively, had just run the damn ball, I guarantee fewer folks would be calling Brady the absolute, undeniable GOAT.

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    Good point. Also, if it weren’t for two miraculous catches by David Tyree and Mario Manningham, Brady would be 7-0 in Super Bowls. Think about that. Just two decisions by the opposition, decisions that had nothing to do with Brady, who was off-the-field at those times, made the difference.

  38. flipola says:
    January 31, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    But don’t act like the rules weren’t tweaked mainly because of him.
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    Which rules were “tweaked mainly be cause of him”? And please, be specific – this should be entertaining.

  39. Lots of haters in here…you know what they say..”if you ain’t got HATERS, you ain’t doing it right”.

    Sorry rest o’league….he ain’t going anywhere! (except for HOF)

  40. nyc_traffic says:
    January 31, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    If it weren’t for two awful decisions to pass instead of simply running the ball late in the game (Seahawks and Falcons), then Tom Brady would be 3-4 in Super Bowls. Think about it. Just two decisions by the opposition, decisions that had nothing to do with Brady, who was off-the-field at those times, made the difference.
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    And if it weren’t for one miracle catch by a scrub using his helmet, and a dropped pass by Wes Welker, he’d by 7-0. See? We can all discuss scenarios that didn’t happen.

    Go back and watch the tape of Joe Montana just before they make the comeback to beat the Bengals in the SB. He fires a ball directly into the chest of a defender who drops the easy INT. Just one play that would have made all the difference. And that was on Joe.

  41. The fact that Brady refers to the SB as ” trying to win the most important game of the year.” is the reason he needs to retire. It has become so regular for him to be there that he refers to it that way. For EVERY other player in the NFL, it is the most important game of their LIFE… not year… Brady simply doesn’t appreciate it or do it for love of the game anymore. No, this is about his ego.

  42. Man, you must really be sick of the Pats going to the super bowl! Tommy ain’t playing bad for a 40 year old. Come to think of it, he’s better than the QB’s on the 31 other teams. The old cartilage just want in league MVP.

    Pretty impressive.

  43. Hey thumb me down all you want, Pats fan, I’m just looking at it from an outside perspective. It’s what non-fans feel, don’t be salty about it.

  44. flipola says:

    January 31, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Fellas, just because someone brings up pass interference and the refs coddling Brady, that doesn’t mean all their success is due to that. He’s obviously great and their legacy is what it is. But don’t act like the rules weren’t tweaked mainly because of him.
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    Revisionist history. The rules favoring the offense and hindering the defense were tweaked for Peyton Manning because it didn’t look very good that the overhyped “next Joe Montana”, #1 overall draft pick, couldn’t win games. So they started changing rules for him 2 years before Tom Brady was even drafted. You know how to tell I’m right? The Colts were on the Competition Committee and the Patriots were not. Highly doubt the Colts had any interest in making it easier for Tom Brady, only their own QB Pay-a-ton. Just because the rule changes benefitted Tom Brady too, doesn’t mean they were changed for him.

  45. “For EVERY other player in the NFL, it is the most important game of their LIFE… not year… Brady simply doesn’t appreciate it or do it for love of the game anymore”

    Actually its just the opposite and there was an interview with Rodney Harrison a couple days ago where he emphasized that. He mentioned that he retired when he no longer had the passion to put in the hours working out, studying film, practicing etc.

    And pointed out that at 40 Brady still has all his passion and works as hard or harder than every other player in the league to maintain himself and his craft. Its a labor of love for Brady and taking one statement and twisting it so you can say he should quit doesn’t change that Brady still loves the game deeply and works his rear end off to be successful.

  46. “Bogus pass interference penalties.”

    Yes yes just like the one where the Jags defender had Cooks in a choke hold. But yeah, things like that are “bogus” when they’re called in favor of the Pats.

    If one of your pals the Steelers put a choke hold on a Bengals receiver you’d be screaming high heaven that it was a penalty 10x over.

    That’s called a double standard by the way.

  47. “That is true but some people forget that New England went 10 years between their 3rd and 4th Super Bowl wins.”

    Right, during which they still made it to 2 Super Bowls though they lost them, and the AFCCG almost all of those 10 years. Its damn hard just to make it to the Super Bowl much less win it.

    The fact is though they didn’t win in 2007 and 2011, in that 10 year period the Pats were the team to beat almost every year to get to the Super Bowl and that’s an incredible level of dominance.

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