How much longer will seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who is entering his second season with the Bucs, play? That’s the question on everyone’s mind these days.
The 43-year old QB is entering his 22nd season in the NFL, fresh off winning Super Bowl LV and being named MVP.
Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said earlier this offseason that he believed Brady could play until he’s 50.
“I told him if he wants to play til he’s 50 and he’s still playing and he feels like he can still play, then he can play until he’s 50,” Licht said.
In a recent interview with USA Today’s Jori Epstein, Brady seemed to think two more years with the Bucs might be enough.
Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today
“50? That’s a long time. Even for me, that’s a long time,” Brady told USA TODAY Sports by phone last week. “I’ve always said 45 was the age that I wanted to reach and that was my goal. This year I’ll be 44, so next year I’ll be 45. I got a two-year contract.
“I’m going to be able to obviously play this year and God forbid anything happens but play next year and then see what happens after that. If I still want to keep playing, I might be able to do that. And if that’s enough, then that would be enough.”
Brady spent his first 20 seasons in New England, winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots before leaving in free agency last offseason. He chose Tampa Bay because of the Bucs weapons on offense and the chance to play in Bruce Arians’ system.
Brady helped the Bucs go 11-5 and win the Super Bowl in his first year in red and pewter. Incredibly, the GOAT also broke the team’s single-season passing touchdown record with 40 TDs. Brady also rushed for three scores during the 2020 season.