Tom Brady confident he’ll play at top level when NFL returns, but admits ‘I know I don’t have much left’

Tom Brady confident he’ll play at top level when NFL returns, but admits ‘I know I don’t have much left’

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Although we did get a brief glimpse of an NFL without Tom Brady, it was short-lived. Much to the chagrin of teams across the league, the seven-time Super Bowl champion decided to call off his retirement just over a month after his initial announcement that he was leaving the game on Feb. 1. For anyone following Brady’s brief retirement, the news wasn’t all that surprising as he hadn’t closed the door on a possible comeback almost immediately after his retirement. In a recent interview with ESPN, Brady noted that he still felt the urge to perform and believed he could continue to do so at a high level.

“I knew my body, physically, could still do what it could do and obviously I have a love for the game, I think I always will have a love for the game,” Brady told ESPN. “I think physically I will be able to do it. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the pitch.”

To his credit, Brady isn’t wrong. He had just completed a 2021 season where he finished second in MVP voting and led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43). The Buccaneers had also won the NFC South and reached the divisional round before falling to eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

Brady will turn 45 at the start of the 2022 season, an age he has long referred to as the mile-maker for which he will assess his future in the NFL. Although he told ESPN he doesn’t know how long he will play, he acknowledges that he is certainly closer to the end than the beginning.

“I know I don’t have much left, really. I know I’m at the end of my career,” Brady said. “I wish you could go forever, but that’s just not the case and football is too expensive now. My children are getting older and it’s getting harder and harder to miss these things. But I wanted to give myself, my teammates and our organization another incredible opportunity to accomplish something that we would all be very proud of.”

While Brady will be back in the Tampa Bay fold, he will return to a Buccaneers team that has a new head coach in Todd Bowles, who rose to that defensive coordinator position after former head coach Bruce Arians resigned earlier this offseason.

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