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Tom Brady turns 45 - Is 2022 his last season in the NFL?

While it’s clear he’s got nothing left to prove, it goes without saying that fans still want to see TB12 on the field, but how much more will he give us?

Tom Brady turns 45 - Is 2022 his last season in the NFL?
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Having just turned 45, the GOAT as he’s commonly referred to is set to play another year in the NFL after ‘unretiring,’ but will he continue beyond that? That’s the million-dollar question.

Tom Brady turns 45, but how long will he continue to play?

We’ve got belated birthday wishes for Tom Brady today. The former Patriots star and current Buccaneers signal-caller turned 45 years old yesterday, August 3rd and with that the focus immediately turned to how long he will continue to play. Brady of course, secured his post NFL job when he put pen to paper on a multi-million-dollar contract with the Fox Network, where he will function as an NFL analyst. Yet, that’s not what fans are interested in. Having ‘unretired’ just weeks after announcing his retirement, the legendary QB is now set to play one more season with the Bucs, but the question on everybody’s mind is, ‘Will Tom Brady play more than just one season?’

To that end, all eyes were on Brady during a recent interview when he was asked directly, how much longer he thought he could play in the NFL and moreover if he even wanted to play longer than the year he signed up for. In typical Brady fashion, a smile was used to answer before any words were offered. “How long could I play? Hypothetically, because I love hypothetical questions, I could play as long as I’m willing to make the commitment to playing,” Brady said. “I don’t think it’s gonna be another five years I’ll say that.”

What’s in play for Tom Brady?

As mentioned above, Brady briefly retired this offseason, only to take a U-turn on his decision after just a few weeks. Where his contractual situation is concerned, the star QB is still tied to the Bucs until 2022 and despite recent controversy regarding his flirtation with the Miami Dolphins, there is no indication that Brady is considering playing for another team. This of course, brings us to the question of whether or not TB12 will commit to Tampa Bay on a long-term basis. To hear him tell it, that’s not likely.

Indeed, Brady’s got a few other things on his mind at this stage in his career and they’re definitely not trophy related. A loving husband and devoted father, the vote for GOAT made no pretense about the fact that his family is the primary reason that he won’t be playing into his 50s. “I just have too many other things that are happening,” he said. “My kids are probably the biggest one. They’re not getting any younger and I’ve gotta’ make sure I’m there for the moments that they need me there for.”


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