I don’t blame Brady for “unretiring” last year. I think he followed his heart. The issue with his now ex-wife is their business, and I will never write or say a word about that dynamic. Brady came back because he wanted to come back.
And, this morning, I do not blame or question Brady for re-retiring. For any number of reasons—including the bad taste left in his mouth by the Bucs’ season, and the certain knowledge that he can still play—this had to have been a difficult decision. But in watching that short (and eloquent) video post, it appears to me that he simply woke up with a clarity. One can be emotional and serene at the same time. Brady is re-retiring because he wants to re-retire. That’s more than good enough for me.
So the greatest quarterback to ever play the game closes his NFL book at age 45 after 23 seasons. And there can be no serious debate or dissent surrounding his historical supremacy. No, he really was that great. There was Brady, and then there was everybody else. I feel no need to regurgitate his stats. And you should feel no need to hear them again. He was the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
Brady wound up being a surprisingly polarizing figure. But maybe that’s not surprising, given America’s track record of tearing down the people they had first built up. Americans resent consistent excellence as much as they claim to worship it.
Number 12 owes me nothing. He owes you nothing. He wasn’t perfect. But he earned everything he achieved and he earned it the hard way, in every respect. He was, by almost unanimous account, a wonderful teammate. He made physical, emotional and lifestyle sacrifices, and he did that for more than two decades. Hell, I had a relatively late-night snack last night, because in this case I lacked the discipline to resist.
BWNDT. Brady Would Not Do That.
All respect to the GOAT, Tom Brady.