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The possibility of Tom Brady retiring from the NFL following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ playoff run has gained more traction over the course of the last few weeks.
The 44-year-old talked to the NBC production crew before their playoff game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and was asked what the “perfect ending” would be for him should he decide to call it a career.
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to throw the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
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The seven-time Super Bowl winner reportedly remains “noncommittal” about his football future. Sources close to Brady told ESPN that his status for the 2022 season is far from a given and the outcome of this season will play a large role in his decision.
Sources also told the NFL Network that the possibility of retirement is a genuine concern for the organization.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians brushed off a report on Saturday of Brady potentially retiring after the 2021 season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off after a drive stalled against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
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“The way he was at practice [Friday], I would be shocked if he didn’t [play next year],” Arians said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “You know they have that Friday quarterback challenge, and he came flying out of the locker room, sprinting two or three fields away and couldn’t wait to get into the challenge. He was like a little kid. I would be shocked.”
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.
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