Will Tom Brady actually play until he’s 45?

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady used to say that he’ll play for “10 more years.” After 10 or so years of that, #Tommy needed a new target.

Enter 45. That’s been the magic number that Brady repeatedly has cited, most recently in Spanish, regarding his career expiration date.

It’s not clear, given his early August birthday, whether that means he’ll complete the 2021 season (44 going on 45) or whether he’ll play for a full season at the age of 45, in 2022.

Either way, it doesn’t matter. I continue to believe that Brady relies on “45” as a way to avoid a Derek Jeter-style farewell tour, which would bring even more attention to Brady — and which would place even more pressure on him as he works his way through a season of lasts.

So he’ll play until he’s done, and when he’s done he’ll be done. It could come after any and every given year, and there’s a chance 2018 will end up being the last year.

As to whether he owes it to the Patriots to let them know so that the organization can prepare for life without him, consider this: How often does a team let a player know its plans so that the player can prepare for life without the team? Never, or close to it, would be the correct answer.

The Patriots know the clock is ticking, and they should know Brady well enough to know that it may strike zero well before the conclusion of the 2022 season. Chances are that it will, as soon as after the 2018 season.

46 responses to “Will Tom Brady actually play until he’s 45?

  1. Given Warren Moon played thru 44 (without the TB12 method), and Brady at 40 is in better shape and throwing far more than Moon did at 40, then barring major injury he could easily play thru 44. However, another SB victory before then will prob see him bow out on the victory stage.

  2. What’s wrong with the Jeter treatment…Who wouldn’t want a rocking chair made from ball needles and camera tripods?

  3. No he doesn’t owe the Patriots and BB already prepared for his departure. However Kraft had other plans. Thanks Robert. Stay out of football operations

  4. As a Patriots fan….I’ll appreciate whatever Brady has left in the tank. If it is 1 year, I’m fine, if it is 5 years that’s even better.

    I’m old enough and have been a fan long enough to remember the days when the Patriots were, for practical reasons, out of the playoff race by midseason. And if they did make to the playoffs, there was a lingering skepticism that that wouldn’t go far.

    How things have changed. During the SB with the Falcons, when the Patriots were down 28-3 in the 3rd quarter, I was still telling my daughter that they could still pull out a win but they needed to start scoring and stopping the Falcons NOW. That’s the level of confidence I have in this team, and a lot of it has to do with Brady’s determination.

    In a way, I kind of feel bad for the younger Patriots fans, like my kids, that haven’t had the experience of them missing the playoffs more often than not, because it is never going to get any better than it has been the last 17 years, and when Brady and Belichick are both gone it will be hard to even keep up.

    So yeah….thanks Tom for all the great memories…and any more you wish to add to the list.

  5. Physically, obviously, the guy is the best conditioned QB in the league, so the age number factor is clearly an irrelevant discussion.

    Theis topic is annoying even for me as a Pats fan, bur Brady has just spent months and months whining about family time and other crap, so it’s more about how much of that becomes a more real priority, dominating his mentality over the game itself.

    What’s particularly annoying about the attention drawn to this is the fact that football players have an entire offseason and breaks to spend time with their family. No everyday employee in a workforce in this country is going to feel sorry for a multi-millionaire NFL QB who whines about needing more time.

    It’s absolutely ridiculous.

    I work almost 12 hour days every week, so Brady can stop acting like he’s the only one who works a lot of hours, and the rest of us don’t have “offseasons” either.

  6. aarons444 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:34 am
    I hope so.

    I want to see Pats fan lose their collective minds when Brady gets the Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy treatment.

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    Unlikely. If that was going to happen, it would have happened this offseason with them dealing off Brady and having kept JimmyG.

    Right now, there is no QB in place to take over.

    The big test will be Brady and his postseason play. When he had no one to push him as a back up (20067-2012), his posstseasons were VERY mediocre for his standards. It’s a little truth some of my fellow Pats fans don’t have the balls to admit, Erin.

    The best move BB has made as a GM in the last 10 years of brilliance overall, was drafting JImmyG, working with him DAILY, because it clearly lit a fire under Brady.

    It’s not a coincidence his INT rate dropped in the postseason and his play has been more consistent over the 4 qtrs.

    JimmyG was a legit candidate to make them move on from Brady, but now he’s not there.

    I do have a suggestion for you and your unhealthy troll allies in here, though: There is no point in gnashing your teeth in jealous on a daily basis, wishing and hoping, and hoping and wishing, because this train’s ride ain’t close to being over. Every trollish premise that the media attaches to the Pats, only drives that team more and more and more.

    Some of you will never, ever learn.

    As long as the Krafts own the team, whoever takes over in the future as GM and/or Coach, the infrastructure will never have the Pats as a mediocre or bad franchise ever again. That’s how nailed down the recipe is in Foxborough.

    And, your jealousy of this fact is an absolute delight.

  7. He’ll probably make it another 2 or 3 years then be done. He’s had the goal of playing until he’s 45 for a while now. Although him getting hit more than he used to and his family begging him to stop will probably be the driving factors in his retirement.

  8. aarons444 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:34 am
    I hope so.

    I want to see Pats fan lose their collective minds when Brady gets the Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy treatment

    Haha you obviously have no clue how us Pat’s fans feel.

  9. It all depends on how much Robert Kraft pays him “off the books” to avoid salary cap issues. No NFL player with that record gives a “home team discount” for his services.

  10. It’s not a matter of how many more years, but how many more plays. Just ask Montanna or Favre who each stuck around for one play too many.

  11. There’s one player who is undefeated in history, and that’s Father Time. Father Time will decide when it’s time for TB12 to hang up his cleats. At some point, a wall will be hit by Brady and it will happen like a light switch. It happened to Montana, Marino, Manning, etc. Those guys did take more hits though. Since Tom is a big baby and nobody is allowed to touch him without getting penalized, he may yet make it to 45 and beyond, unless Father Time has a different plan.

  12. Brady will get to play until Bellichek thinks he has a better quarterback on the bench. He won’t play one play past that point. Bellichek is not an emotional guy about his star players.

  13. #GOAT
    #AllHailTheWinningestQBInHistory
    #AllHailTheMVP
    #AllHailThe5TimeWorldChampion
    #BowDownToTheKing
    #BowToTheGOAT

  14. terripet says:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:13 am
    No chance he will have a better chance at hitting the lottery

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    from my point of view, it seems he already has hit the lottery

  15. We wouldn’t have to speculate who our QB is in 4 years if the Patriots traded the right QB last year.

  16. 24601jvj says:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:54 am
    It all depends on how much Robert Kraft pays him “off the books” to avoid salary cap issues. No NFL player with that record gives a “home team discount” for his services.

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    And? No other players has his brand and has an on-campus brand on a stadium site either.

    Granting Brady that is very unique and above and beyond what any owner has done with any player.

    No one should be feel sorry for Brady making 15 mil in 2018, when we know he rakes in a lot more than that overall.

    Again, fans like you are either jealous or angry over this. It’s none of your business how much Brady wants to demand. If he wants to take less to help the team’s cap, then that’s a win for team he plays on.

    But, I do expect Goodell to concoct some new rule and tie it to some fraud cap violation, stealing multiple 1st rd picks in the future. lmao

  17. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    June 20, 2018 at 11:00 am
    It’s not a matter of how many more years, but how many more plays. Just ask Montanna or Favre who each stuck around for one play too many.

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    Why do you people keep comapring completely different style and conditioned QBs from 20-30 years ago?

    Brady gets the ball out as fast any QB in history and hasn’t taken as many hits as those QBs did.

    Montana started to slow down a lot by 1991. Everyone saw it. How on earth would anyone make that claimm about Brady right now?

    He’s the best conditioned QB in the NFL and it’s really not close. The age number is irrelevant when comparing other older HOF QBs from yesteryear.

    The eye test means something. If he catches that ball from Amendola, we’re talking about another SB ring and no one is trolling in the media like this whatsoever.

  18. At least saying he’ll play until 45 is better than Brett Favre being wishy-washy about retiring for the last 10 years of his career.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 20, 2018 at 11:23 am
    We wouldn’t have to speculate who our QB is in 4 years if the Patriots traded the right QB last year

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    there’s no way the Patriots would have traded Brady to your Jets.

  20. I think Brady has a few more years of getting strip sacked left in him. Not sure why the fans would subject themselves to that kind of torture but I guess they deserve it for backing a cheating team all these years.

  21. ariani1985 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Who doesnt want a 45 year old noodle arm who averaged 120 yards a game passing over the last 8 years?
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    Fake News!

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 20, 2018 at 11:23 am
    We wouldn’t have to speculate who our QB is in 4 years if the Patriots traded the right QB last year.
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    Oh, so the “right QB” is the one who has won nothing and the wrong QB is the one who has won 5 Super Bowls.

    Got it. SMH.

  23. I am NOT a Patriots fan, but I AM a Tom Brady fan, with that said, if anyone can do it, he can. He needs to be able to afford to tour the World for the rest of his lift to please that wife of his lol.
    Go got it Tommy!

  24. The eye test means something. If he catches that ball from Amendola, we’re talking about another SB ring and no one is trolling in the media like this whatsoever.
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    IF he had caught that pass ans scored, and, the Pats had won the SB, Brady would have retired this year. Brady’s big fear, IMO, is that he will piss hot for the same substance that Amendola did. Some secret supplement Guerrero is feeding them.

  25. He will be playing on a B team from here on out. At least he plays in the AFC Weak division.

  26. willycents says:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Brady’s big fear, IMO, is that he will piss hot for the same substance that Amendola did. Some secret supplement Guerrero is feeding them.

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    what did Amendola test positive for?

  27. neatpete1 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    terripet says:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Hang a banner

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    Kudos to you for trolling your own team. Very considerate.

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    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. So much bitterness in these comments. The man just won league MVP and threw for over 500 yards in the Superbowl. You don’t have to enjoy it, but at least respect greatness if you consider yourself a legitimate sports fan.

  29. Brady is now the defacto GM. He was threatened by Jimmy G and cried to Kraft. Problem solved. He didn’t want Gronk traded and cried to Kraft. Problem solved. Brady is a diva baby and has undermined BB every step of the way. The real GM of the Pats is his wife. He follows her commands like an obedient dog. No wonder he doesn’t want to retire.

  30. no he won’t play that long. even the undisputed GO AT is too old at 45; though he’d still b e better than all but a handful of other starters.

  31. He will play to 45 or 7 SB RINGS…. whichever comes 1st
    I’m guessing the 7 SB RINGS is the winner

  32. For the first time in a while, I agree with Florio on a take about the Patriots/Brady. “45” is just a number he’s putting out there to avoid questioning, and I also agree he’s not looking for some sort of “farewell tour.” I think right now he’s focusing on the two remaining years of his contract, and if this year goes well physically and mentally, he might look to tack a year on NEXT off season. Then again, as McGinnest suggested, another title might help him make up his mind to take an early exit even if he feels like he could go for another year or two.

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