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Brady tells Oprah he thinks about retirement, Springfield, Mass.
June 17. 2018 9:36PM
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks onto the field before the start of practice at Gillette Stadium last week. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)

When is Tom Brady planning on retiring? The New England Patriots quarterback reportedly dropped a hint about it in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Brady, who turns 41 in August, sat down with Winfrey in an extensive interview on the OWN Network, which on Sunday morning. However, excerpts from the interview were released beforehand, including one interesting line from Brady about his mindset on the idea of retiring.

“I think about it more now than I used to, “Brady said. “I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.”

In the past, Brady has indicated that his goal is to continue to play in the NFL until his mid-40s. There are, of course, other factors involved, including the fact that Brady will have to continue to play at an NFL level for that to happen. There’s also his family, with his wife Gisele Bundchen having openly commented in the past that she would prefer him to leave the NFL.

Outside of that, though, the timeline for the remainder of Brady’s career remains unclear. For now, we do know that Brady is set to play for the Patriots in 2018. While he did skip voluntary OTAs this offseason, he did appear for mandatory mini camp and is set to report for training camp for the upcoming season.

Winfrey followed up to ask Brady what that end looks like. Brady didn’t put a number on it. Instead, he’s sticking to a mindset that he’s going to keep playing “as long as I’m still loving it.”

However, he did admit that his decision to continue his career is affected by important factors away from the field -- like his family.

“There’s other things happening in my life, too,” Brady said. “I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there, driving my kids to their games. My kids have brought a great perspective in my life. Kids just want the attention. You better be there. And be available to them.”

Brady and the Patriots are heading into the quiet part of the offseason. Things will be quiet at Gillette Stadium until the team reports for training camp at the end of July.


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