Patriots radio analyst: No chance Tom Brady retires if Pats win Super Bowl
Tom Brady turned 40 last August, an obviously advanced age for an NFL player outside of kickers. But the New England Patriots quarterback continues to defy Father Time, having once again reached yet another Super Bowl.
In fact, Brady hopes to play several more years. Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen. But there is one Patriots insider who believes the veteran signal-caller indeed has a couple more years left in him, even if the Patriots secure their sixth Super Bowl tile during the Brady-Belichick era.
Patriots Radio Network analyst Scott Zolak opined last year after New England’s historic comeback victory in Super Bowl LI that Brady conceivably could retire ahead of the 2018 NFL campaign should the Patriots secure their sixth championship ring.
Zolak is now changing his tune.
“No,” Zolak said this week on “PFT Live,” via Pro Football Talk. “Absolutely not. Especially with Jimmy [Garoppolo] not being here. No, I don’t. I really don’t. I think it’s two more. . . . I think he has two more realistic seasons left.”
Zolak went on to speculate Brady must have asssured the Patriots organization that he intends to return next season. Otherwise, the Patriots would not have traded Jimmy Garoppolo.
“I think he’d have to,” Zolak said. “Or if he didn’t that’s just dumb and awful planning on your part. Yeah, I think there had to be some sort of an understanding there that, ‘Hey, if you’re gonna be in this thing and this thing’s real for you, your lifestyle. You wanna play until you’re 45, we can deal with you playing ’til 42 or 43. Forty-five is a long shot; just give us a little nod before we do this thing.’”
Brady’s NFL future of course has been examined of late given the tumultuous allegations of organizational unrest involving himself, Belichick and owner Robert Kraft.
This speculation has been further exacerbated by rumors that Gisele Bündchen, Brady’s wife, attempted to exert influence upon her husband in the hopes he would hang up his cleats for good.
Zolak’s opinion aside, it would seem we’ll all just have to wait and see.