Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in history, is not about to step down just yet.
The New England Patriots quarterback is under contract through 2019, and there’s no sign of him slowing down even at 40 years old. He told reporters that he couldn’t see himself retiring right now. Brady is still playing at a high level, and won another MVP award on Saturday.
“Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I’m having fun, the team is doing good. I know I’m a little bit older than most of the guys, but I’m really enjoying it,” he told ESPN. “So I’m not thinking about retirement.”
Brady said that he’s taking it one season at a time, but he doesn’t discount playing well into his mid-40s as long as he doesn’t hinder the team success.
“For me, as long as I’m playing at a high level, and I make the commitment to take care of myself year-round, then I’ll continue to play,” he said. In the same vein, he acknowledged that things change quickly in the NFL – players can suddenly get cut or injured.
His decision not to retire will only mean that Brady will continue to rewrite the history books. For instance, he now leads the NFL in total passing yards in the postseason after breaching the 10,000 mark.
The closest to his record is Peyton Manning at 7339; the former Bronco is already retired.
While Brady has already made a commitment to return next year, rumors about the Patriots’ roster blowing up continue to persist. Speculations over Brady’s alleged rift with coach Bill Belichick threaten to make matters worse.
However, it’s more than likely that they will stay to bring more Super Bowl championships to the Patriots. Perhaps the two perfectionists are made for each other, given their obsession not just with winning but with crushing their opponents.