Will Tom Brady walk off, if the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl?

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Two years ago, when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned from a suspension to lead his team to a Super Bowl win in unprecedented fashion, erasing a 28-3 deficit against the Falcons, Mrs. Brady suggested that it would be the perfect time to walk away.

Now, with Brady closing in his second straight chance at winning his sixth championship, the question of whether the GOAT would head for the green, green grass of home will re-emerge, and potentially intensify.

Brady has long insisted that he’ll play until he’s 45. Some think that he continues to point to an expiration date well into the future in order to never have what would amount to a farewell tour. Under that theory, Brady would unexpectedly bid farewell at some point short of hitting the halfway point to 90.

The wishes of Mrs. Brady can’t be overlooked. She has spoken publicly regarding her concerns for his health, blurting out during an interview nearly two years ago that Brady has had concussions. Although Brady has managed to keep her on board for two more seasons, she now has 13 days to make the case that the ultimate quarterback needs to become the ultimate showman and walk away on top, before he becomes the ultimate meatball.

The fact that Brady and the Patriots will face in Super Bowl LIII the team that Brady an the Patriots beat in Super Bowl XXXVI gives the moment a certain bit of symmetry and poetry. Brady can bookend his initial championship, put a sixth pelt on the wall, and call it a career.

Of course, Brady has long said that his favorite championship is the next one. And if the Patriots get to No. 6, the next one will be the most that any team has ever won. So he might be tempted to give it one more spin.

If he is, he should go back and watch Rocky II. Apollo Creed didn’t want to get into the ring against with Balboa, and Brady should regard Patrick Mahomes as the upstart who could, if he gets another chance at the champ, knock Brady’s block off.

66 responses to “Will Tom Brady walk off, if the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl?

  1. The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting.

  2. I don’t think he is ready to hang it up. He just loves what he does so much, and is still playing at such a high level. Plus the longer he plays, the better for the TB12 brand which is his other passion.

  3. Maybe Goodell and his cabal of jealous owners can give Tom Jerry Jones’ yacht and his own NFL franchise if he agrees to walk and take Belichick with him? How about the Jets? Tom and Giselle have a home there.

  4. contender21open says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    How about “roughing the passer” for waving a hand in front Brady’s face? LMFAO!
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    How about giving the Chiefs a 4th quarter TD despite blatant offensive PI. LMFAO!

  5. The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting.
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    So you’re saying they should have changed the rules that everyone was aware of prior to the game and were fully explained before overtime because your team lost?

  6. conormacleod says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:32 am
    The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting.

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    The OT rules requires teams to have strong units on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs had three third and tens to stop the Pats in OT but the Patriots executed and the Chiefs did not.

    The KC offense does not play ball control, which led to a 2 to 1 time of possession advantage to the Patriots. The KC defense was exhausted. Reid didn’t call a timeout when they got to the 15 yard line to try to hold the Pats to a field goal and give Mahomes another chance. The Patriots 3rd running back on the depth chart took three plays from there to run over and through the exhausted KC defense to win the game.

    OT is not a whole new game. It is an extension of the game and is impacted by what took place in the first 60 minutes.

  7. NO.

    We all know the Haters wish he would, but it’s not happening. Pats have 12 picks in the draft, too. 5 in the top 100. LOL!

    Scarnecchia and Brady both announced they are back.

    Sorry haters!

  8. Way to get the trolls hopes up lol. Skipping OTAs was a worthwhile tradeoff, Bundchen has been saying supportive things about Brady’s love for the game this season. The Pats traded Jimmy G, Brady isn’t going to leave Kraft in the lurch after that.

  9. I don’t blame a coin toss, or a bad call on roughing the passer when Brady’s shoulder was hit.

    I blame the defensive coach for not pressuring Brady and playing zone defense against the Goat. Pats converted 3 ,3rd and longs in OT. Defense had several opportunities to stop the Pats.

    Reid deserves blame too, Chiefs offense didn’t show up the 1st half and the defense took the whole game off. Reid’s loyalty to Sutton cost him a chance at the SB this year, surely his loyalty won’t cost him anymore chances.

    Sutton should be fired by the end of the day. But we all thought that last year too…

  10. Hard to say. It does have beauty and symmetry to it if the Pats win. And if the Pats lose its almost impossible to get back to the SB after losing it he year before, but twice in a row? Would be very very tough.

    But if they win and Brady feels there’s a chance to get #7? Don’t count him out.

  11. contender21open says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:28 am
    How about “roughing the passer” for waving a hand in front Brady’s face? LMFAO!
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    I will agree, it was a bad call…. that being said, Edelman was mugged on that exact play & should have received a pass interference call…
    Actually the Chiefs were holding a ton thruout the game that the refs didn’t call & just let them play…..
    & lets not overlook that blatant pick play that allowed the Chiefs to score…..

  12. To anyone who says it comes down to a coin toss.

    No, it comes down to being able to win in regulation or being able to play defense (and special teams) as well as offense.

  13. They don’t have another quarterback ready. Brady knows this, and that’s part of the trust he won’t break when they opted to deal Garoppolo.

  14. conormacleod says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:32 am
    The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting.

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    How about if your Chiefs would have won the game in regulation instead of allowing the game to go to overtime to begin with? Or how about they play some defense instead of allowing Brady and the Pats to march 75 yards in OT for a TD?

    Look, I am a Dolphins fan but the better team won that game. The Pats dominated the line on both defense and offense as well as time of possession. Get over it.

  15. Chiefs fans should stop complaining. The Conley touchdown is the most obvious offensive PI of the day and it gave the Chiefs the lead. Look at the video for the pick several yards beyond the LOS.

    In any case, Brady will play out his contract. It’s best for the brand (TB12) and he loves playing and competing.

  16. Uhhhh, no. He and Belichick both indicated they will be back in 2019. They will probably have to remake the offense again, but they have a promising young core on defense. They should be right there again next Christmas.

  17. I think Brady will play as long as he can get to championships. I believe the first or possibly second time they fail to get to at least the AFC Championship game, he will retire. I think he enjoys winning too much to walk away while he is still capable of doing that.

  18. The Patriots will still be the favorites to reach the SB again next year. So I don’t see the reason for Brady to retire. Since Manning retired, there is really no competition for the Patriots in the AFC. Yes Mahomes is good but he had 2 shots to beat Brady and couldn’t do it. So who’s left to stop the Patriots? Rivers? Big Ben? Haven’t done so in all these years and they are not about to start now.

  19. Let’s review New England’s final two drives. Sure, they got a bit lucky with that penalty on Chris Jones. Of course, Gronk and Dorsett were mauled several times with no flags, so penalties were a wash. Let’s pick it up at midfield with about 5 minutes to go:

    3rd & 7 : first down to Hogan.
    2nd & 10: first down to Hogan, call overturned.
    3rd & 10: Offsides penalty wipes out game clinching interception. Yeah, blame the refs.
    3rd & 5: first down to Gronk at the 5. Really, man coverage with Gronk on that play?

    Now, on to OT

    3rd & 10: first down to Edelman
    3rd & 10: first down to Edelman
    3rd & 10: first down to Gronk at the 15.

    Burkhead for 10
    Burkhead for 4
    Burkhead for the win!

    Yeah, blame the coin toss. They must have used a coin with two heads.

  20. conormacleod says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:32 am
    The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting.

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    If the Chiefs could stop 3rd and 10.

    Or the next one.

    Or the next one,

    Or if Ford didn’t line up laughably way offside.

    All at ARROWHEAD not Foxboro.

    The result was probably different.

    It wasn’t a coin toss. The Chiefs lost to a better football team. Just the facts cupcakes.

    Now resume your seething. Tee hee 🙂

  21. How can Brady retire when the Patriots have no QB to back him up thanks to Jimmy G being run out of town? The Patriots need to draft a QB to groom and be Brady’s replacement. Until that happens, Brady will keep playing. Brady won’t leave the Patriots in the lurch after he led the movement to run Jimmy G out of town

  22. “They don’t have another quarterback ready. Brady knows this, and that’s part of the trust he won’t break when they opted to deal Garoppolo.”

    Bingo. Brady plans to leave with the ongoing team ready to play at a level capable of continuing the team’s winning ways. And the Garappolo trade would not have happened without a multi-year commitment from Tom.

  23. Last night Brady said that he is blessed to do what he loves to do and that he loves the grind of it. That doesn’t sound like a guy who is ready to walk away just yet.

  24. The guys that walk-off after a SB win are those that are only barely managing games and being supported by their cast (Peyton Manning, John Elway). Tom Brady is still carrying this team on some days, he’s not going anywhere.

  25. Putting aside for a moment the fact that Pat Bradford, I mean Mahommes is not nor will he ever be in Tom Brady’s league, we do have to admit that Brady IS getting old. He HAS regressed. He no longer is at Brady level, unfortunately as we seen yesterday he has regressed down to the level of the Joe Montanas and John Elways. He definitely can’t keep this up forever. Sheesh, he may start playing at the level of Eli Manning when he hits 50 for crying out loud.

    In the meantime I would guarantee he returns. If they win it all again he is 1 Championship from tying Otto Graham’s 7 and 2 away from setting a new record that will never be beaten. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Pat’s threepeat, setting that record as Tom wins 8 and rides off into the sunset.

  26. C’mon haters … You’ve been hating Brady for almost two decades. Brady is woven in the fabric of your lives. You will miss him when he’s gone.

  27. conormacleod says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:32 am
    The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting.

    ______________________________________

    Did you want the OT rules changed just for this game? Maybe the Chiefs defense should not have let the Patriots march all the way down the field to the end zone.

  28. Give each team a possession in OT unless the team gets a pick six or fumble recovery for TD

  29. Whether the Pats win or lose the Super Bowl, I am certain that Brady, Belichick, Gronk, et al, have the blessing of 99%+ of us Pats fans no matter what they decide regarding their futures after the game.

    I think what is most important to many Pats fans is that Lane Johnson, Cassius Marsh, and Dion Lewis continue to have fun watching the playoffs from their couches and knowing the Pats are having a truly miserable time competing for another Lombardi Trophy.

  30. You need playmakers on both sides of the ball. And you need good coaching on both sides of the ball. KC has a ridiculously explosive offense. Pats managed to bottle them up for a half. Second half was a different story. The KC defense, on the other hand, got a gift from Brady in end zone, in first half, otherwise it could have been 21-0 going into second half. Defensively, KC did adjust in second half, but by then, they were gassed (especially in OT). No idea why KC didn’t call TO to allow players to gather themselves on so many 3rd downs (expecting Pats to make mistakes???!). That being said, KC’s defense needs some work. Drives me nuts to see a superstar like Mahomes not get a complete team around him. Look at the Rams. Their defense is for real (yes, they got a gift yesterday on a no-call PI, but most games, everybody gets one). And Goff doesn’t have to be a superstar.
    I can’t beat up on my team, the Pats, but geesh, they had cover 2 on a couple long bombs, and couldn’t get it done. You have 2 guys on one player, he should be locked up.
    Pats won because KC’s defense couldn’t sniff at Brady and because KC’s defense couldn’t get off field, which paid handsomely in later stages of game. They were running on fumes, and when you run on fumes, you make mistakes, like Ford lining up in neutral zone.
    Next year, get Mahomes to take the easy stuff (outlet passes). Everybody knows he can throw a 50yd dart or a 30yd bullet. They went 3 and out a couple of times because he wasn’t thinking about what is more important…a first down and ball control. I believe Belichek would say complimentary football.

  31. @mellimac. couldnt agree more. the chiefs need to sustain drives so their defense has a chance.

  32. For the 1000th time, Jimmy Garapolo was NEVER going to be a Patriot for the 2018 season. His contract was up and he wasn’t going to sit behind Brady any longer. Again, his contract was up. So the Pats’ choices were to trade him and get something for him, let him go for nothing, to cut Tom Brady.

    So getting a top 10 2nd rounder was a decent deal all around. BTW- Garapolo was good, but he was STILL the 2nd best QB on the Patriots. He is still a good starting NFL QB who could eventually be better than that, but that is still left to seen. We KNOW what Brady can still do. We saw it last night.

  33. i used to hate the guy – but that was something like ten years ago – now I just respect and marvel. esp as I’m getting older myself . . .

    crazy he’s still able to play at this level. those 3rd down passes in the 4Q and OT were all dime perfect. hats off to him.

  34. If he’s able walk at all, given the horrible mauling he took yesterday from players looking at him crossly and being flagged for it.

  35. I honestly would hope he hangs it up if they do win. He can walk off into the sunset along side Gronk.

    Now I could see him coming back again considering the Pats have a 1st rounder, 2-2nds and 4 – 3rd round picks with most of the current roster signed for next year and 20 million in cap space.

    To the people who say he would be leaving the Pats in a lurch….
    …any team would be ok with a rebuild cycle after winning a Super Bowl let alone 6 in 18 years.

  36. Why not play until he’s 80? He gets every key call? See phantom rushing the passer call, Hogan “catch” that he did not have possession of before the nose of the ball (riding loose on his forearm) hit the ground, and the “thumbs play.” And I love when the refs take turns picking Brady up from the turf. They didnt do that to Mahomes. Should I continue? LOL! Refs are on the Pats payroll. Brady can play as long as he wants.

  37. conormacleod says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:32 am
    The NFL OT rules robbed us of one of the greatest games in ages. Yes, I wanted the Chiefs to win. But, I still would have woke up this morning thinking “what a great game” if they had lost…..and had an offensive possession in OT. The young dude that took the league by storm this year battling the old cagey veteran that refuses to age. And it comes down to a coin toss. Disgusting

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    whats disgusting is people wanting to change the rules mid game when they dont benefit their team. the game didnt come to a coin flip. the game was won bc we converted third down and long time and again and the chiefs gave up on defense. and oh yea, they had a guy line up offsides. really?

  38. rickytheviking says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    I wish the Vikings had Brady’s Oline
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    It’s not the Oline-it’s the coach of the Oline, Dante Scarnecchia who is the best at what he does.

  39. No he isn’t going to retire. He essentially forced the owner (via his improved play after 2014) to choose him over the coach’s long term plans at the QB position. If he bails only after one year, that puts the owner in a real bind…and Brady is a member of the Kraft family at this point. Brady wouldn’t do that to Kraft.

  40. Creed definitely wanted that rematch in Rocky II. His manager knew it was a bad idea, but Apollo’s kids were getting harassed at school. so he needed to prove the first match was a fluke. Just saying

  41. decapitateme says:
    January 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm
    Why not play until he’s 80? He gets every key call?

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    Laughble. The fact is the NFL did EVERYTHING they could to throw that game to the Chiefs. It was clear the NFL wanted the Rams vs the Chiefs in the SB. The Pat’s had to beat the Chiefs AND the Refs.

  42. He won’t retire.

    “The wolf on the hill is never as hungry as the wolf climbing it”

    Even after all of what Brady has done over the course of his career, he is still the wolf climbing the hill and will always be. Brady is not a once in a generation player, he is a once in a millennium player! Go Pats!

  43. The question isn’t “Will Brady be back if he wins the SB?” We all know he wants more.

    The Real Question is “What will that liar Rodger Goodel scheme up to Suspend Brady/BB?”

  44. Why not stop trying to re-invent the game of football. Overtime is just an extension of regular time. How is the opening kick-off determined? And how is the opening kick-off determined in OT? Same principle. Otherwise, just play an entire quarter, a 5th quarter.

  45. Give it a rest. Anyone who truly loves the game of football should be asking (and hoping for) how long this can last. Someone should be talking about how many epic finishes in clutch situations this guy has given us. What a pleasure it is to watch.

  46. We should allow both teams the ball in OT….and if both score a TD….whoever had the sexier TD wins the game..
    The coin didn’t determine the winner….the D that allowed the other team to gain 100 yards did it.

  47. No, he won’t. He’s the best QB in the history of football because he eats, sleeps, and breathes football. That’s his life, and his body isn’t failing him. I believe him when he says he’ll play until he’s 45. I know a lot of fans love to hate Brady, but I think ya’ll should wake up and realize that you are witnessing history right before your eyes. It is doubtful that there will ever be another QB as successful as Brady, ever.

  48. And to all of you fans clamoring for college rules OT in the NFL. There are two sides of football. Offense and DEFENSE. The Chiefs had a fair shot to win in OT. Brady and the Pats were better than them. End of story.

  49. Jesus the guy has said numerous times he’s playing at least until he’s 45. He didn’t equivocate he was definite about it. How about we take the guy at his word and just leave it alone.

  50. Leave the man alone. If he’s still capable and wifey is happy, why retire when he better than 95% of the QB’s that have ever played.

  51. He must be tempted to play another season for 10 SBs in total. I think he’ll continue to play as long as he feels he can do so to his current standard. Even 85% Brady is pretty impressive. This is from a much disgruntled Dolphins’ fan (33 years and counting).

  52. carloswlassiter says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:39 am

    contender21open says:
    January 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    How about “roughing the passer” for waving a hand in front Brady’s face? LMFAO!
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    How about giving the Chiefs a 4th quarter TD despite blatant offensive PI. LMFAO!

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    Yes indeed. It only shows how fixed the NFL is. The best teams don’t necessarily go when refs are making game changing bad calls.

    That “roughing the passer” call was on third down. It gave the Pats 15 yards and new set of downs. Instead of punting, they scored on that drive. Terrible! But we see that often in favor of the Pats. Too, too often.

    The New England (*****) Patriots

  53. This will be the Super Bowl of teams that didn’t earn it. The refs pushed both teams into the big game with bad calls.

    This should clearly be a Saints/Chiefs Superbowl, had the refs call the NFC and AFC championship games properly. WOW!

    Won’t bother watching this one.

    SPOILER ALERT… NE wins (the refs will decide it)

  54. I gotta be honest, I hope he does call it a career. My heart can’t take much more of this stress. Plus, I’m tired of listening to all the garbage coming from haters, of he wins 6, just walk away. He’s always said he’ll retire when he sucks and while you and I know he doesn’t suck, clearly, I have a feeling that HE thinks he sucks this year. This is def not Brady playing up to Brady standards.

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