Opposing defenses across the NFL have long been waiting for the day when Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady decides to call it a career. However, they may have to wait a bit longer for this to happen.
Brady came to terms with the Bucs on an extension deal in the offseason, which added a mere one more year to his current contract. Still, the seven-time Super Bowl winner is already looking ahead to possibly playing past next season.
In speaking to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady hinted that retirement for him is currently not on his mind at the moment.
“Hopefully, I’ll be here a long time,” Brady said. “For many years.
“Whatever I thought I was getting into, it’s been so much better. As good as I could’ve envisioned, it’s been even more enjoyable than that. It’s pretty much a different life than being in the Northeast. I had a great 20 years and I never want to take away from that. Also, this experience has been amazing. (Tampa’s) a great-kept secret. It’s a small city. Everything is close. The airport is close. Work is close. We live on the water.”
Brady has mentioned plenty of times before that he would want to play in the NFL up until the age of 45. But earlier this year, he did note he would “consider” extending his career in the league beyond that.
Even as many Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks before him retired by their 40s, Brady has continued to defy the odds. From the 40 passing touchdowns in the regular season to the Super Bowl 55 win, the three-time NFL MVP winner showed last season that he still has some left in the tank in his career.
For now, Brady will look to lead the Buccaneers to another Super Bowl win over this season. The reigning Super Bowl winners will kick off their title defense with a Week 1 clash against the Dallas Cowboys.