When will Tom Brady's 'appetite to compete' really end? | Maggie & Perloff


Last month, when legendary quarterback Tom Brady announced his decision to join the Fox Sports broadcast booth once his playing days are finished, he also mentioned "unfinished business" with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But if the 44-year-old can't accomplish yet another championship mission this year, there's certainly no guarantee that he'll return for a 24th season in the NFL.

In a recent interview on the "Dan Patrick Show," Brady admitted that "there's no doubt" that his appetite for competition on the football field will "be gone soon." Of course, it's unclear when Brady's fire will finally burn out -- he's yet to reveal whether 2022 is his last season -- but this summer, he'll achieve his goal of playing at age 45. And his latest comments suggest that's his football expiration date is perhaps closer than even he anticipated in recent years.

"This is where I'm going to call BS on Tom Brady. I don't think that the appetite for competition goes away. I thought it's the ability to perform on the field that goes away," Maggie Gray said during Maggie and Perloff on Thursday. "Brady's said this before, about how afraid he is of retirement. He might be looking at it like a life and death thing... So, I've reconsidered my stance. I think he's going to retire at the end of the year. And I think it's very important to him he doesn't have a farewell tour... I don't think Brady wants that."

"I thought the verbiage is a little funny... I just think Tom Brady's going to have trouble deciding what he wants to do after this year," Perloff said. "I think he'll face a moment of indecision. I don't think he knows what he wants to do and that's based on very obvious evidence that he retired and came back 40 days later. If he loses the wrong way this year, the itch could still be there... What if there was a team on the brink and he's like, 'Damn, I can go there and win the Super Bowl.' You don't think he's going to be, at least, tempted by that?"

Maggie and Perloff's complete thoughts on Brady's future in the NFL can be accessed in the audio player above.

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