After leading the New England Patriots to a miraculous comeback-victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady now has a total of five Super Bowl wins during his 17-year NFL career. His amount of victories in the league’s annual championship game are more than the combined total won by 17 of the 32 NFL franchises during their existences.
Now 39 years old, a husband to a supermodel, and father to three children, what exactly would be the purpose of Brady coming back for another year of football?
He is the owner of numerous league and team records, he has appeared in the Pro Bowl 12 times, won two league MVP awards, and is a two-time First Team All-Pro. He just set seven Super Bowl records en route to delivering New England yet another championship trophy and he now has the absolute perfect opportunity to leave the game on top.
He should just take a lesson on some of the players that came before him that walked away from the game after a Super Bowl win including former Denver Broncos running back John Elway, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.
Brady has a great opportunity in the palm of his hand right now and he needs to take it before his legacy ends up with an ugly smudge mark at the end.
No one wants to see him playing for another team in the future because he does not have enough self awareness to call it quits. He should retire now and avoid having himself a period in his life that resembles Joe Montana’s time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Michael Jordan’s time with the Washington Wizards, or Wayne Gretzky’s time with the New York Rangers.
It is not like the Patriots are not prepared for Brady’s retirement either. During his four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season, New England quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo proved that he was more than capable of leading the franchise to success whenever Brady actually does decide to call it a career.
So Tom, just do yourself a favor and retire before the phrase, “that time Tom Brady played for the Jaguars,” becomes an actual truth.