The news came as a bit of a surprise, as the 44-year old Brady has previously said that he felt like he could play until he was 50 (although he also said that wasn’t going to happen).
Immediately after reports of Brady’s supposed retirement broke, tributes began pouring in from both current and former teammates, as well as fans across the NFL, paying tribute to undoubtedly one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) quarterback of all time.
But shortly after the news began to spread, Brady’s agent issued a statement neither confirming nor denying the rumors:
“I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”
Well now Tom Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., is saying that reports of his son’s retirement may be premature – if not completely false.
Brady Sr. told KRON4 News out of the San Francisco Bay area that his son is NOT retiring. According to Brady Sr., the news began to spread because of an unsubstantiated rumor by an online publication that was later picked up by NFL insiders and media.
JUST IN: Tom Brady Sr. tells @kron4news that his son is not retiring. Brady Sr. says an online publication started circulating an unsubstantiated rumor. However a number of NFL insiders are now reporting it. @kron4news#TomBrady#NFL
And it’s also been reported that Brady contacted Buccaneers GM Jason Licht to tell the team that he has NOT made a decision on retirement.
Report for @BallySports: Tom Brady contacted @Buccaneers GM Jason Licht and told him he has not yet made a final decision on retirement, disputing the ESPN report. Licht is respecting Brady's process and waiting for a definitive answer, whenever it comes, from the QB.