Tom Brady confident he’ll play at a high level on NFL return, but admits ‘I know I don’t have much’

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While we get a brief glimpse of an NFL without Tom Brady, it was short-lived. Much to the chagrin of teams across the league, the seven-time Super Bowl champion decided to call off his retirement just over a month after his initial announcement that he was stepping away from the game on Feb. the news wasn’t all that surprising, as he didn’t close the door on a possible return almost immediately after retiring. In a recent interview with ESPN, Brady noted that he still felt like playing and believed he could continue to do so at a high level.

“I knew that my body, physically, could still do what it could do, and obviously I have a love for the game, I think I will always have a love for the game,” Brady told ESPN. “I think physically I’ll be able to do that. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the pitch.”

To his credit, Brady is not wrong. He had just finished a 2021 season in which he finished second in MVP voting and led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43). The Buccaneers also won the NFC South and made it to the divisional round before being defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

Brady will be 45 at the start of the 2022 season, an age he has long touted as the mile mark for assessing his NFL future. Though he told ESPN he’s not sure how long he’ll play, he acknowledges he’s certainly closer to the end than the beginning.

“I know I don’t have much, I really do. I know I’m at the end of my career,” Brady said. “I wish you could go on forever, but it’s not and football has a very high cost right now. My kids are getting older and it’s getting harder and harder to lose these things. But I wanted to give myself and my teammates and our organization another incredible opportunity to accomplish something we would all be very proud of.”

While Brady will be back at Tampa Bay, he will return to a Buccaneers team that has a new head coach in Todd Bowles, who rose to that defensive coordinator position after former head coach Bruce Arians stepped down earlier this offseason.

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