After every big, season-ending game, star players are asked about their futures. Tom Brady was no different on Sunday night after the New England Patriots fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52.
Rumors have been swirling about a possible strained relationship between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, and with the quarterback now in his 40s, there are those who wonder how much longer he can continue playing at a high level.
Brady doesn’t seem too concerned, however.
“I expect to be back, but we’ll see,” Brady told reporters following the game. “It’s 15 minutes after the game ended. Have to process this a little bit. Don’t see why I wouldn’t be back.
“Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I’m having fun, the team is doing good. I know I’m a little bit older than most of the guys, but I’m really enjoying it. … So I’m not thinking about retirement.”
Brady later added, “I never want to be a detriment to the team. For me, as long as I’m playing at a high level, and I make the commitment to take care of myself year-round, then I’ll continue to play. I don’t know. Things change quickly. Anything can happen. But obviously, I want to keep playing. I love playing. And I love playing for the Patriots.”
Despite failing to come out on top, Brady finished Super Bowl 52 with a whopping 505 yards passing and three touchdowns.
So while there will be obvious questions throughout the offseason about what the future holds for Brady and the Patriots, New England fans can take some comfort in knowing the future Hall of Famer seems ready to return.