Tom Brady won his seventh Lombardi Trophy and fifth Super Bowl MVP at the age of 43.
Brady’s unprecedented dominance at his age has everyone wondering how much longer Brady can keep this up.
And after the Super Bowl, this Tom Brady quote about retirement drew a lot of attention.
Back in 2014, during his regular interview spot on WEEI in Boston, Brady laid out his retirement plans.
Brady told the hosts – when he was age 37 – that “when I suck, I’ll retire. But I don’t plan on sucking for a long time.”
Since that interview, Brady’s played in five Super Bowls and won four of them.
When Brady signed with Tampa Bay this past offseason, there was talk he would play two more seasons and then retire at age 45.
But after this season – where Brady fired 40 touchdown passes and won a Super Bowl MVP after a flawless performance – there is now talk that Brady could challenge George Blanda as the oldest player to ever play in the NFL.
Blanda played quarterback and placekicker for the Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, and Oakland Raiders from 1949 to 1975 and finally retired at the age 48.
After last season’s dismal performance, where the Patriots offense sputtered down the stretch and the team lost at home in the first round of the playoffs, some thought Brady was on the down slope of his career.
But after this season, where the Patriots finished 6 and 10 and Brady won the Super Bowl, last year’s struggles can be chalked up to a lack of talent in New England.
Given the proper weapons in Tampa Bay, Tom Brady showed his level of play still holds up at an elite level and like he said back in 2014, he doesn’t plan on sucking for a long time.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.