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Doc director: ‘Hard time envisioning’ Tom Brady playing well into his 40s

The director of the recent Facebook documentary about Tom Brady says he has a “hard time envisioning” the New England Patriots quarterback playing well into his 40s, as Brady himself once pledged to do.

Gotham Chopra, who had unprecedented access to Brady and his family over the past year while compiling footage for “Tom vs. Time,” recently expressed doubt about Brady being able to stick to his plan of playing several more seasons.

“This idea that he’s going to play for four or five more seasons … I mean, this is just me, the guy who’s been around him for a while now. I just have a hard time envisioning that, to be candid,” Chopra recently opined on “The MMQB Podcast with Peter King,” via the New York Post. “But we’ll see. I do think that these next few weeks and months are a critical time for him.”

Chopra also weighed in on the impact of allegations concerning strife within the Patriots organization, saying it “hasn’t been easy” on Brady.

Much has been made as well of late concerning Gisele Bundchen’s purported desire for Brady to retire from football. However, Brady said last week his wife has been “so supportive” of his decision to continue his NFL career.

That said, Chopra believes Brady’s wife and children will play a huge role in ultimately determining how long he’ll continue playing football.

“He’s got three growing kids, a wife who’s like, ‘You know, I’ve kind of been putting stuff on hold for a while, and I wanna go out and do my thing now too,’” Chopra said. “And so Tom’s juggling a lot of things, and I think that’s basically what he says at the end: I gotta recalibrate. I have to find that conviction again.”

Chopra insists, though, that there is no chance Brady hangs up his cleats this offseason in light of the loss in Super Bowl LII.

“This past year was very unsatisfying in terms of how it ended, and so I don’t necessarily envision him leaving that as the last taste to hold onto,” Chopra said.