August 3 has gained significant prominence in recent NFL history, marking the continued defiance of Father Time by none other than Tom Brady. Year after year, his unwavering dedication has propelled his NFL career from 40 to 41, 42, 43, 44, and 45.
Today, he turns 46, a milestone that coincides with the departure of the football season without his active participation. As the Jets and Browns take the field for the Hall of Fame game tonight, it remains to seen whether this realization will sway his resolve to retire.
However, it is highly improbable. Brady has shown no signs of reconsidering his decision to step away from professional football.
The situation might pique interest if a top-tier contender loses its starting quarterback to injury. Even so, it would be a significant surprise if Brady were to return. Despite the fact that he would instantly rank among the upper echelon, possibly even the top 10, of all quarterbacks.
Instead, he chooses to immerse himself in other ventures. His recent investment in Birmingham City FC positions him as the Chairman of the Advisory Board. Additionally, he has a pending deal to become a limited partner of the Raiders. However, the league’s recent rule prohibiting players and employees from holding equity in the team could complicate and potentially thwart this endeavor.
Nevertheless, Tom Brady maintains an exceptionally busy schedule. As the year progresses, he is slated to take on the role of the foremost analyst for Fox’s NFL coverage.
In the present, despite being 46 and possessing the skill to play at an elite level in the NFL. He consciously opts not to do so. Perhaps his intention is to keep himself occupied with various pursuits, ensuring he never succumbs to the temptation of returning to the field.
Yet, beneath the surface, the allure of the game may still linger, tugging at his heartstrings.