Why 2022 could be Tom Brady’s last season in the NFL: ‘The appetite to compete’ will ‘be gone soon’

It shouldn’t be surprising that Tom Brady feels his time in the NFL is on the wane. He retired on February 1 before not retiring 40 days later. Despite the short break, this is the first time the NFL world has seen Brady’s competitive fire sparkle. He clearly feels it too.

In an interview with Dan Patrick, Brady was uncharacteristically vocal about his competitive mentality and what will lead him to hang up the cleats for good.

“I felt like competing, and that’s going to go away soon,” he told Patrick. “I mean, there’s no doubt about it. I just have to really appreciate how much time I have left, because it’s not much.”

Unsurprisingly, Brady didn’t explicitly say he was playing his final season this year — but the writing is on the wall for the 44-year-old Buccaneers quarterback.

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Brady’s 2021 season ended on a disappointing note when the Buccaneers were kicked out of the playoffs 30-27 by eventual Super Bowl champion Rams. Brady, whose Bucs won the Super Bowl the previous year, retired soon after, but once back, the Buccaneers – who were supposed to reload – immediately became Super Bowl favorites again.

Brady also spoke with Patrick about his upcoming analyst role at Fox. He signed a 10-year contract worth $375 million with the network.

“There’s a lot of learning curve…obviously it’s going to be a whole new career,” he told Patrick. “It’s a new opportunity for me to try something that I will work very hard to prepare myself to be as good as possible, knowing that the day I walk on set for the first time will not be my best time. .”

Brady admitting in an interview that his competitive fire will die out and he will have growing pains is nothing short of a miracle, but he seems to accept reality. He had one of the slowest and most successful career twilights, not just in the NFL, but in all of sports.

He will look to end his career in spectacular fashion with a final ride in Tampa. The Bucs have the second-lowest Super Bowl odds in the league according to FanDuel Sportsbook.