There won’t be any Tom Brady spirals whipping around Gillette Stadium in 2028.
Ahead of the Patriots victory over the Colts on Thursday, the 41-year-old New England quarterback told Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews he will not hold the same job title at 51.
Brady noted that when he was 25, he thought his NFL career would last forever. Today, he has a wife and kids living their lives and knows they won’t get these days back.
“When you’re 41 you think, oh man, I’ve got kids and there’s a school play,” Brady said. “I gotta be there for that because they’re not going to be 10 years old again. Or eight years old or five years old. I know I’m not going to play another 10 years, you know, and I think every year is just a little bit different. As you get older, there’s a lot of other things happening in your life that you’ve got to figure out how to balance.”
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The balancing act doesn’t mean the 5-time Super Bowl champion has lost his appetite for the game. Brady told Andrews he still loves playing football, a job that never feels like work.
“To run out on the field in front of 70,000 people, that’s never going to get old,” he said. “It’s just, how do you balance those things with other parts of your life that enabled me to do that? I want to support the people that support me.”
Last season, Brady gave fans a rare peek inside his personal life in “Tom vs. Time.” No. 12 said he “really enjoyed” the docu-series, which allowed him to shared the things he loves and stands for. His Instagram account provides the same service.
“I think the great part about social media is it allows people to tell their own story the way they want to,”Brady said. “You don’t have to go through a certain media bias, per se, you can just speak to the fans directly.”
In the interview with Andrews, Brady also touched upon his relationship with a teammate who threatened to retire rather than leave his side: Rob Gronkowski. He noted that no one really knows all the adversity the tight end has faced, battling injuries and putting his body on the line for the Patriots.
“I’m glad he’s here and there’s no one I’d rather play with,” Brady said. He’s gonna have a great season for us.”