‘If I think I Can Win a Championship, Then I’ll Play’ – Tom Brady Shoots Down Retirement Questions

Published 08/23/2021, 6:51 PM EDT
TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers looks over to his left before the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Just like fine wine, Tom Brady seems to age with time. The former New England Patriots man was tipped to be at the end of his career cycle when he opted to leave Massachusetts.

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The veteran quarterback entered the league at the dawn of the 21st century as the infamous 199th pick at the 2020 NFL Draft. He was the last quarterback to be selected (6th). But he went on to change the face of the game forever.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

In February 2021, a 44-year old Tom Brady proved all his doubters wrong when he helped Tampa Bay Buccaneers lift the Super Bow LV title in front of home fans at the Raymond James Stadium.

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In doing so, Brady bagged his 7th championship ring. He now has more Super Bowl medals to his name than entire NFL teams (New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have 6 each).

What makes matters more interesting, is that it looks like he’s not done yet.

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Speaking to the media amidst the ongoing preparation for the 2021 NFL preseason, Tom Brady spoke about his expectations from the upcoming season.

“I’ll know when the time’s right. If I’m not a championship-level quarterback, then I’m not gonna play. If I’m a liability to the team, I mean, no way. But if I think I can win a championship, then I’ll play,” Brady told King.

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TAMPA, FL – JUL 31: Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp on July 31, 2021 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In a podcast interview from earlier this Summer, Brady reiterated his desire to win more titles before hanging up his boots once and for all.

“I have a lot to give. I think there’s a lot of time and energy still focused on being a great quarterback, that when that’s done, although I’m a little fearful of it ending, I am open to the belief that there will be a lot of opportunities for me to do things that I haven’t had a chance to do, that I really think I can help a lot of people,” he said on Hodinkee Radio via Fox News.

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Brady and the Bucs kickstart their 2021 NFL campaign with a home game against NFC East old boys, Dallas Cowboys. With Dak Prescott scheduled to return, the game won’t be an easy one for Bruce Arians’ boys. We can’t wait to see TB12 and his band of speedsters back on the field again!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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