The guy’s proven everything he can, right?
It’s not that big of a subject, right? Tom Brady isn’t worth talking about for more than a few articles here and there, yeah? Well, when someone is labeled the GOAT of a league that’s one of the most watched in the history of the USA, it’s bound to happen that this individuals is going to get a lot of attention whenever they announce something monumental like retirement. And yes, when they take two months before announcing that they’re coming back to the sport it becomes another article-worthy subject when many fans tend to think that the athlete should stay retired and others think that it’s great that he’s coming back.
Putting a lot of personal biases aside, Tom Brady is a great quarterback since having come up from being a backup to being a seven-time Superbowl winning champion, his name has become synonymous with winning. It’s insanely irritating to some folks since somehow and some way, Brady and his team have dominated the league for years, while it’s uplifting for others since they can’t get enough of Brady. Given his talent and his ability to pull a team together, Brady is a great player and someone that deserves a lot of respect. Trying to discredit him in any way has come up short a few times since Spygate and Deflategate didn’t really stick to him that much even though many around the league wanted to see Brady and the Patriots punished in some way.
The point is that a lot of people feel that his career is where it needs to be, and that ending it after 22 years is more acceptable than letting it drag on and on. But despite any and all arguments to the contrary, it is Brady’s career and his health that he’s putting on the line each season as he grows older. In football years, he’s one of the old men on the field that serves as either an inspiration to the other players or one that others are starting to wonder about when it comes to retirement.
10. It’s just time, seriously.
Over two decades in the same league and most of that time spent on the same team makes it feel as though Brady has done enough, and that he should be able to head off into the sunset and be with his family. A lot of people would argue about this, perhaps joking that Brady isn’t able to settle down and be with his family, that he needs the glory, and etc. But the fact is that after twenty years it simply feels like it’s time to call it a day, especially since retirement is, for a lot of people, the final end of the workday and beginning of one very long vacation. A lot of people might not agree, but the point here is that Brady has done what he could do to change the league in a few ways, and it’s time to just step down and step away to let the focus shift to others that are on their way to legendary status.
9. If he wants to be around the NFL it’s fair to say that a lot of people would try to get him a worthwhile job.
With his level of football knowledge it’s fair to think that Brady could have just about any job he wants around the NFL in order to be as close to it as possible. Who knows, he could become a coach, a GM, or take any number of positions if he wanted, if only because of how effective he’s been over the years. Thinking that no one would vouch for him or help Brady to land any position he wanted is kind of insane since his name alone would inspire a lot of people to make him feel as welcome as they could within the NFL, much as he’s been for the last two decades.
8. Any ‘unfinished business’ he has won’t be likely to be finished by coming back.
It’s been stated that Brady cited ‘unfinished business’ of some sort, which is kind of hard to imagine since with seven Superbowl rings and a legacy that’s not about to be topped anytime soon, nothing feels unfinished. Of course, that’s a personal matter most likely and something that Brady might reveal in time. But after so long, if a person has unfinished business of any type, it definitely feels as though it’s not going to be finished if they stick around. Maybe Brady is hoping for a cinematic entrance where he goes out on top, but the longer he stays in, the less likely it’s going to be.
7. He’s not a great loser.
Honestly, one could say this about a lot of players and many would give the excuse that at the pro level, defeat is something that can’t be abided. But the fact is that when someone sits on the field after a failed play or a loss and appears to pout, it doesn’t do much for their reputation. There are several other players that have made it clear through body language that losing is not something they take lightly. But the fact is that Brady has been seen sitting on his butt a time or three when things aren’t going well makes it clear that when he’s winning, everything is great, grand, and he’s on top of the world. But when he’s losing, the inner child comes out and no amount of excuses such as ‘he’s processing it’ or ‘he’s wondering what he did wrong’ can make it appear that he’s doing anything but pouting like a child.
6. Other teams are going to start anticipating him.
It’s likely that this has already been happening over the years since no coach worth their clipboard would let a quarterback run riot over their defense without thinking up ways to counter them. But as Brady continues to age his tricks have been picked up more than a few times, which could explain the reason he and the Bucs didn’t make the last Superbowl. Yeah, there are other explanations without any doubt, but there’s also the fact that he has various tells that other coaches are able to pick up on. Using Gronkowski as his go-to man quite often is something that many coaches have picked up on, but the problem is that Gronk is a tough player to cover.
5. Even skill can only take a person so far.
Brady has skill, there’s no doubt of this, and he’s a tactician on the field. But he does on his coaches and his team just as much as anyone else. So his skill is only going to take him so far, and it would appear that his skill, despite not waning in an obvious manner, is becoming a little more common over the years. Many people still talk Brady up and make it feel as though eh can do no wrong, but many have already proven that he’s not infallible, and that his skills aren’t going to be as impressive moving forward. They’ll make great memories though.
4. He’s going to run the risk of joining the list of athletes that have been there too long.
There are athletes that stay in too long because they have nothing to lean on once they’re done with the game, and then there are some that simply love the game and can’t see leaving it until they have no choice. It’s tough to tell which type Brady is at this point to be fair, but it already feels as though he might have stuck around a little too long, and that coming back isn’t the best idea. Again, many are likely to argue this point, but the fact is that Brady has been so long that he’s becoming like a sitcom that didn’t know when to cap things off, kind of tired and boring.
3. Any injuries he sustains could be far worse in another few years.
The body ages, it doesn’t get younger. Even with plenty of exercise and healthy living, Brady’s body is going to start succumbing to age a little quicker than many others since like it or not, he’s the top dog in a sport where injury happens quite often. The older one gets, the harder it is to recuperate from various injuries since the body begins to break down after a while, and any injuries that are sustained tend to take longer to heal, and might not heal as strong as they do when we’re younger. Brady is already in his 40s and returning to a sport where big, aggressive men are trying to bring him down. Pads can only do so much.
2. His stats are already in decline.
Fans of Brady are going to be up in arms when talking about this, but the more level-headed among them will at least agree, even if it’s less than enthusiastic. But to tell any fan of Brady that he’s peaked and won’t be putting up the same numbers year after year is almost grounds for a fight…with some fans at least. With others, the discussion might take a more reasonable path since the fact is that a man in his 40s isn’t always going to be able to do what he could do in his 20s. Brady has been a great player in the NFL for many years, but the sun is quickly setting on his ability and his involvement in the game.
He’s not getting any younger.
He’s not the young kid that came out of Michigan any longer, and he’s not even the young hopeful that served as a backup qb for the New England Patriots. As much as he’s kept himself in good shape and as much good as he’s done for the league and the two teams that he’s helped lead to the Superbowl, Brady’s career is pretty close to being done. The fact that she’s coming back excites some people and irritates others, but it’s gong to be talked about during the offseason leading into the 2022 season, that’s for certain.
What about you Radassers? What are your thoughts on Brady’s return?
WTR? (Why’s That Radass?)
One can’t help but think that Tom Brady has done plenty with his career and should think about what comes next in life. But with a return after only two months of retirement, it remains to be seen if he’ll follow through on this or give it a second thought. Only time will tell, right?