Tom Brady is turning 40 this year. American football isn’t exactly the easiest sport on the body, so it makes sense that people have asked him about his retirement. But for this playmaker, age just seems to be a number. After all, he just pulled out all the stops to lead the New England Patriots to another Super Bowl victory, his fifth one.
On a Fox pregame show with Terry Bradshaw, Brady was asked about the chances of him walking away after this year’s championship game. His response? “Hell no. There’s no way.”
Hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy high above one’s head is probably a good feeling, too. How do you just walk away from something like that, when you know you can still play?
A Performance For The Ages
How good was Tom Brady, en route to the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons? Well, to put it simply, he was very, very good. Fantastic, transcendent, whatever other compliments you can think of – they all apply.
Down 3-28 halfway through the 3rd quarter, Brady looked deflated. He sat with the Pats, head down, hands together, as if resigned to the hole his team had dug themselves into. However, he then put the team on his shoulders and started getting involved in plays that mattered. The Patriots scored 25 unanswered to tie the game, then drew blood in sudden death to win.
He finished with these stats: 62 attempts, 43 completions, 466 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 intercept.
Some noteworthy facts: This comeback is the biggest one ever realized in Super Bowl History; Tom Brady is the first quarterback to win the big game five times (others coming in ’01, ’03, ’04, and ’15) ; His fourth Super Bowl MVP Award is also a record setter. And while it isn’t a statistic, Brady has now cemented himself as the greatest quarterback that ever lived. And, as he’s confirmed, he’s not done yet.
Bill Belichick – Is He Out The Door?
So if Tom Brady is still sticking around, what about Coach Bill Belichick? Belichick has been Brady’s partner in driving the Patriots’ success since the early 2000’s. He’s 64 years old, and some have guessed that while Brady isn’t quitting, Belichick might.
As it turns out, Belichick is planning to hang ’em up soon – but not right away. Patriots owner Robert Kraft suggested earlier this month that the longtime coach already has a retirement date set in his mind. Belichick has confided that much to Kraft, but Kraft isn’t about to spill the beans: “We have a pact and we don’t talk about that. He knows and I know. But it won’t be this year.”
Kraft explained that Belichick was energized by his coaching work and was welcome to stay on as long as he wanted. He just coached the team into winning the biggest prize in American Football, after all.
Could Brady and Belichick bring home a sixth Super Bowl win? Because even if no one else believes it, they do.