Tom Brady is making our head spin.
Not because of his sudden and abrupt decision to step away from football again, or the saucy underwear picture he posted on Monday, but because Brady kind of sounds like a guy who still wants to give it a go in 2023.
Speaking on his “Let’s Go” podcast alongside Jim Gray, Brady had a simple reason for wanting to walk away — but packaged that reasoning with a lot of half-measures that sure sound like a guy who may not be fully committed. (via ProFootballTalk):
I think there’s just a decision to know that it’s the right time. So I think for me it’s more of just, it’s gonna end at some point, and I think now’s the time. And it’s not that I can’t do it. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to do it. It’s not that I wouldn’t be excited to play. I love playing football. I’ve loved playing football since I was a kid on the street on Portola Drive. So I think it’s just a decision that it’s time to do other things.
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Athletes often say, “When it’s time, it’s time,” but it sure feels like Brady already misses the game, and doesn’t seem ready to say goodbye just yet. Dare we say, he also seems to be leaving the door open for a final ride with some of his comments. Let’s connect the dots here.
While he’s retired now (and he says he means it this time) Brady also isn’t joining the Fox broadcast booth until 2024, giving himself a gap year to learn the ins and outs — or time to give it one more go in 2023.
Brady once famously said “I’ll retire when I suck,” and explained on the podcast that his feelings kind of changed on that. While he had a down year, he still threw 25 touchdowns to nine interceptions, with 4,694 yards to go with it. The Buccaneers won the NFC South, albeit with an 8-9 record.
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To that end, Brady reportedly had suitors for 2023, led by old offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is the head coach in Las Vegas. He’s not exactly an undesirable player, even at 45.
Brady doesn’t seem like the kind of person to leave unfinished business on the field, but we should all be prepared for life after TB12.
(We’ll see you in September, Tommy.)