Photo credit: Christian Petersen
Author: Jon Kuzma
Tom Brady has been a big time quarterback in the National Football League for a very long time. Ever since Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe in 2001, Brady has done nothing but overachieve in this league. 11 Pro Bowls and 4 Super Bowls later you have to wonder how much gas Brady has left in the tank? Now with Brady’s suspension of 4 games from the Defelategate fiasco, you have to wonder at what point will Brady decide to walk away from it all? It’s clear Brady has very left to prove at the professional ranks. This is a guy who will without a doubt be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. He also helped transition modern day football into a passing league by throwing for 428 career touchdowns which includes 50 touchdown passes in 2007. When you have a player playing at that high of a level, he teaches the other players around him how to get it done because he gives you a template of how to achieve that success. Brady and Manning certainly pushed the envelope forward for the league and it’s hard to understand why commissioner Goodell would want to take down a guy who helped build the league into what we know and love today. That unfair work environment has to upset Brady and it really can go two ways. Brady will either elevate himself and continue to fight the uphill battle against the league and all the people who turned against him, which is very likely. Or maybe Tom Brady will be content with his accomplishments and walk away from the game at the end of the season. Brady has stated that he would like to play for several more years but the grind of showing up to every practice, and traveling to every game starts to weigh on you sooner or later. Not to mention if Brady left the game after this season he still would have his health intact, which seems to be a key priority for most players these days. Hopefully Brady will continue to play for a long time but don’t be surprised if he decides he has also had his “fill” of pro football. He has a family to look after now and at some point he is going to make his personal life the first option. It’s been a thrill to watch him play and football fans should be grateful they got to watch the best to ever do it.
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