Tom Brady and LeBron James are arguably the best active athletes in their respective sports. The 42-year old extraordinary quarterback has achieved on the football pitch that no one else has done so far.
He has won six Super Bowl titles and played in nine of them. His collection of accolades is unsurprisingly envied by many. But more often than not, people are amazed at his capability, even at such an advanced age.
The same applies to LeBron and his achievements over the years. After all, there are valid reasons why most basketball fans consider the 35-year old as one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen.
While we have seen players retiring from the sport in their early thirties, Tom Brady seems like he has just started. Or at least, that’s what his statement sounds like.
Back in November last year, the veteran quarterback wrote on Twitter, “I’m playing until I can’t dunk anymore! @KingJames”. While doing so, he shared Bleacher Report’s post that displayed LeBron’s retirement statement.
The basketball player’s quote states, “Me and Tom Brady are one in the same. We are going to play until we can’t walk no more.”
Later, NBA MVP LeBron James retweeted Brady’s post, adding the caption, “Well I’m playing until I can’t throw TD passes anymore! @TomBrady”.
That is spectacular indeed. Looking from a player’s perspective, Brady still has got no shortage of deals. Generally, at the age Brady is currently in, players don’t get new offers from the NFL teams.
However, not only has Brady bagged a deal at this point, but it’s a particularly attractive one.
After spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, the GOAT finally decided to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His two-year contract with the Buccaneers is worth $50 million with up to $4.5 million in incentives each year.
That shows how valuable Brady still is. Considering his contract period and his tweet, we can estimate that Brady wouldn’t retire any time soon. Or at least until beyond 2022, depending on whether his new team wants to retain him.
After all, two years later, when his contract expires, Brady will be 45 years old. It would indeed be theoretically problematic for him to continue performing at his best.
But when the person we’re talking about is Tom Brady, we’d better leave his retirement decision up to him. Only the legend himself can determine when it’s the right time to hang his boots up for good.