Tom Brady’s historic NFL story began as a sixth round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 2000. His 15th NFL season begins with the start of OTA’s this past week, and he likely has a few more years left in him as one of the NFL’s very best quarterbacks.
Brady has simply been a winner during his time in the NFL. The three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL MVP has brought success to the New England Patriots for over a decade.
The fact, however, is that Brady is not getting any younger and he may play well past the time that the New England Patriots are willing to employ him. Let’s not forget how Brett Favre, the heart and leader of the Green Bay Packers for years, ultimately played with the Jets and Vikings before calling it a career.
Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, told Comcast SportsNet that he wants Brady to retire a Patriot (Courtesy of ProFootballTalk):
I sure hope so. We did something creative; he was a visionary and he allowed us to restructure his contract in a way that was good for us. I know I personally and our whole fan base only want to see him always have that Flying Elvis or Pat Patriot, if we’re doing throwbacks.
We believe that Tom has a lot of play left. The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him. At the same time, that’s a position [where] if you don’t have someone strong at that position, look what happened how Tommy took over in that game after 9/11 when we delayed a week? Mo Lewis, our friend from the Jets, took Drew [Bledsoe] out and if we didn’t have someone like Tommy in our system, it would have been very devastating. In any business, you always need disaster insurance [for] the most important thing. And now we have a young man [in Jimmy Garoppolo] that I hope he’s as good as everyone feels. I also hope he doesn’t get a chance to start for a long, long time.
Garoppolo was picked by the Patriots in the second round in this year’s NFL draft. A few years learning under Brady, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, may pay big dividends for the Patriots in the future.