If you thought the 2021 season would be the final one of Tom Brady’s legendary career, think again.
During a one-on-one interview with the Tampa Bay Times this week, Brady made it very clear that he doesn’t plan on retiring after the 2021 season. In fact, he’s hoping to play football in the Sunshine State for years to come.
“Hopefully, I’ll be here a long time,” Brady told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “For many years.”
After seeing Brady lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl last season, it shouldn’t surprise us that he still has a burning desire to play in the NFL. Despite winning seven championships, he constantly plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Got a few minutes with Tom Brady the other day. He’s just getting started in Tampa Bay….
Tom Brady in Tampa Bay: ‘Hopefully, I’m here for a long time’ https://t.co/dfi89vgcpC
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 4, 2021
Opposing NFL teams should be concerned about Brady heading into this season. For the first time in years, his knee, which was surgically repaired this offseason, feels great.
“It’s good for me to feel like I can move around freely,” Brady said. “I had a knee sleeve on for 13 years. Just that little bit of compression keeps a hamstring from working the right way. You try to compress the knee to keep it more stable, but then you’re also compressing the quad. This is the first time that I’ve been able to run and not think about it. I’m not going to turn into Michael Vick out there but at least I’m not going to be super restricted.”
A fully healthy Brady should put up monster numbers in Bruce Arians’ offense. After all, he had 4,633 passing yards and 40 touchdowns on a torn MCL last season.