Tom Brady opens up about NFL future, Gronk’s potential return
When exactly Tom Brady will finally decide to hang up his cleats and call it a career has been the subject of speculation, conjecture and debate for years.
So, it hardly came as a surprise that the seemingly ageless New England Patriots quarterback was asked about that very topic during an interview Thursday night as the NFL’s 100th season got officially underway.
During his weekly chat with Jim Gray during Westwood One’s coverage of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers tilt on Thursday Night Football, Brady opened up about how he perceives his future given he is set to hit free agency following the season for the first time.
“Whatever anybody wants to look forward to, they certainly can,” Brady said, as transcribed by NESN. “That doesn’t mean that I have to do that. I’m in a very unique situation. To play 20 years in the NFL is a blessing for me, and I think I’m really relishing and enjoying everything that’s happened this season.“
Brady added that he “certainly has goals to play beyond this year,” but acknowledged the game itself can easily determine how long a career will last in an instant.
The subject of Rob Gronkowski potentially coming out of his short-lived retirement — a notion the ex-Pats tight end has done little to tamp down — also came up during Thursday’s interview.
“He’s spoken on that quite a few times,” Brady told Gray. “I think he’s very happy with how things are going in his life, and I think we’re going with the guys that we’ve got. That’s what we’re planning on, and that’s all we can ever do. It’s always his choice, and he’s a young guy, but that’s certainly not any of my thinking at this point.”
Brady, 42, has previously stated he hopes to play for several more seasons, but with his storied run with the Patriots potentially ending after the season, it’s at least conceivable his Hall of Fame NFL career could come to an end as well. In the meantime, Brady certainly seems pumped up for the Pats’ 2019 campaign to kick off on Sunday night.