By: Jake Perda
Despite his inexplicable and unmatched ability to defy the odds, Tom Brady will not be able to outrun Father Time forever. Of course we all hear about his training, his diet, his special $400 pajamas, and his pliability, but whether it’s this year, 2 years, or even 5 years from now, Tom Brady’s ability to play quarterback is going to decline. Again, he has never backed down from a challenge, and playing into his mid-40’s has been something that Tom has always been open about wanting to do. However, if the Patriots win Super Bowl LII, I believe that it’d be in everyone’s best interest for the G.O.A.T to hang ‘em up.
When it comes to an athlete's final years, it’s absolutely painful to see someone whose talent once seemed unmatched struggle so greatly on the very same playing field. Just remember what MJ looked like in a Wizards uniform, what Derek Jeter looked like when he hit .256 with an OPS barely above .600 in his final season, or what Peyton Manning looked when he was stripped of his starting job and had to reclaim it just to limp to a 141 yard performance in Super Bowl 50. I don’t want to see Tom go through a final season like any of these. I want him to have a David Ortiz type of ending in which he goes out at the top of his game, and has the fans begging for him not to retire. This way, he will always be remembered as the elite talent that he has proven to be over the course of the last 18 seasons.
The reason that I say “If New England Wins Super Bowl LII” is because I think that Brady wants one more. Even though the whole mantra surrounding the Super Bowl that they just won was #OneMore, there needs to be a new one this year of #NevermindWeActuallyMeantTwoMore. Another ring would put Brady at 6 for his career. Number 5 was the one that he needed to cement his status as the greatest QB to ever grace the field, but a sixth would make him the undisputed greatest player in the history of the game as well as give him some extra cushion between him and every other QB. For the winningest quarterback of All-Time, I can’t think of a more fitting way to go out than with a Super Bowl victory.
When Brady says that his medical history is none of our business, he’s absolutely right. As long as he’s on the field, playing at a high level, we have no right to question whether he’s in the best medical condition to be on the field. That being said, Tom has a family. Like any decent human being should, I want him to be able to be with his family for a long time and not be restricted by any long-lasting physical impairments or brain damage that could be caused by staying in the game too long. With another Super Bowl victory, he’d have far and away surpassed anything that a player has done on the football field, and he should feel content walking away to go “Do His Job” as a husband and a father after spending so much time on the football field and away from those who have always been there to support him.
At the end of the day, as a loyal Patriots fan and a Tom Brady supporter, I will accept whatever decision he makes. Of course, this is all based on the hypothetical scenario in which the Patriots repeat as Super Bowl Champions, but after seeing major upgrades made at the offensive skill positions as well as in the secondary, this scenario seems at least as likely as any other. In an ideal world, the G.O.A.T gets his 6th ring, maybe even a 5th Super Bowl MVP, and goes out on top. T-30 days until we get to see how this all begins to play out. In the words of TB12 himself, “LET’S GOOOOOOOOOO”.