Tom Brady just completed one of his best statistical seasons ever and has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers eyeing a second consecutive Super Bowl victory.
Once again Tom is legitimate MVP candidate, and has been a top-five QB since leaving the New England Patriots in March 2020.
But according to one of Tom’s former teammates, he’s nearing the end.
Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich could see him calling it quits after this season.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Tom Brady decided to walk away (this offseason) and do whatever he wants to do,” ex-Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich said Wednesday on ESPN’s “Get Up!”
Watch Nink explain below:
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“Right now, Tom is in bonus time. How many 44-year-old quarterbacks have we seen throw for the amount of yards and touchdowns (he has)? He’ll be 45 in August. So, at this point right now, what else does he have to prove to anybody? What else does he have to check off the list?”
Ninkovich could see Brady simply saying “I’m done” after his contract with the Bucs expires this offseason.
“Everything as far as football goes, when you feel content with your career and everything you’ve done, you can kind of say, ‘OK, I’m gonna walk off on my own two feet,'” Ninkovich said.
“Tom playing until he’s 50? If he really wants to, sure, OK. But if he doesn’t and he decides, ‘Hey, I’ve had enough. I’ve done everything I want to do. What’s my legacy?’ What is his legacy? The greatest quarterback of all time. So, it wouldn’t shock me.”
Ninkovich also thinks Brady has several off-field ventures that could demand his attention.
If we know anything about Tom, it’s not to doubt him. If he says he’ll play until he’s 50, I’m going to believe him.