Tony Romo thinks Tom Brady could go the retired Michael Jordan route
Tom Brady’s future has never been so uncertain. Many believe the 44-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback will quit after playing 22 years in the league. Brady and the Bucs were eliminated by the Los Angeles Rams last week in the playoffs, and rumors have swirled about his next move. CBS football analyst Tony Romo said he could see a scenario in which Brady goes after Michael Jordan.
No, he won’t be pursuing a professional baseball career, but he won’t be out for long either.
Tom Brady is expected to make a retirement decision soon
Brady once said he wanted to play until he was 45. He will be 45 in the 2022 season, but will he be on the pitch?
According to CBS Sports, many close to the quarterback believe he is ready to make a career out of it. A source close to Brady said Brady has a lot of respect for the Buccaneers and the game itself, so he will make his decision as soon as possible.
“He’s very respectful of the game and has great respect for the Tampa organization and everything they’ve done for him,” the source said. “He understands the ramifications this decision would have on the team going forward, and he would never want to do anything to eclipse the playoffs. Whatever he decides, I expect him to announce soon. .
Again, Brady played like he was 24, not 44. He led the league in touchdown passes and passing distances. Could he walk away from the game, knowing that he still has plenty left in the tank?
Tony Romo thinks Brady could pull a Michael Jordan
During an appearance on CBS Matinees, Romo and his broadcast partner Jim Nantz previewed the upcoming conference championships. Romo said he had no inside information on Brady’s retirement status, but he said he could walk away like Jordan did, only to return a year later.
“Tom Brady’s is really interesting. I don’t know anything, no inside information. I don’t tell Tom about it at all. That’s kind of how I think he would retire,” Romo said. “Just knowing him a little bit, I think it’s gonna be quick, it’s gonna be, ‘What? Wow! Boom!’ It’s going to be a bit of a shock. It’s not going to be that fairy tale ending.
Romo said Brady was not like most others, who would retire first. He thinks if Brady had won the Super Bowl this year, he would come back to see if he could win three in a row. Now that he’s lost, Romo said he can see Brady retiring but wouldn’t be shocked if it was a quick retirement.
“I slyly think there’s a chance that Tom Brady will retire and can, I’m just saying, come back in two years,” Romo said. ‘It’s just crazy but he’s like a bionic man. If he’s right, well he’s not hurt, he’s still playing great. He might have to freshen up like Jordan and go two years, and maybe start another challenge. Because otherwise, he has nothing else to prove.
Romo said Brady had nothing left to prove
Brady referenced his retirement in the most recent episode of the let’s go podcast with Jim Gray. He said the decision was not purely his. It was something he needed to discuss with his family.
“I said a few years ago, that’s what relationships are all about,” Brady told Gray. “It’s not always what I want. That’s what we want as a family. And I’m going to spend a lot of time with them and find out in the future what’s next.
Romo said he saw the similarities between Brady and Jordan, and he believed the competitive fire would stay with him and might even get stronger after some time away.
Like Jordan, Brady has nothing left to prove.
“When Michael Jordan retired after the first three championships, it was because he was like what else do I have to prove?” Romo said. “Magic (Johnson) and Larry (Bird) haven’t won three in a row. I mean, (Brady) got seven titles and Jordan got six.
Like Jordan, Romo can also see Brady retire and then come back for one last dance.
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