Rob Ninkovich called in to set Wiggy straight over Brady retirement take


Rob Ninkovich doesn’t know what it’s like to be Tom Brady — just like the rest of us. But the two-time Super Bowl champ understands why Brady is thinking about hanging them up.

Jermaine Wiggins, who played with Brady during the Patriots’ first Super Bowl run, does not. On “The Greg Hill Show” Tuesday, Ninkovich called in to set Wiggy straight.

“You have to understand, as a quarterback, he’s not leaving the building at 3 or 4 or 5. He’s the last one to leave. He’s the first one to get there, especially when you have to prepare every single week, week in and week out,” Ninkovich said. “Year in and year out, you have to do all the stuff to keep your body at a high level, then you have to prepare on top of that, then you have to practice.”

Ninkovich saw Brady’s intensive preparation first hand for seven years. While the rest of the team drank and partied following road wins, for example, Ninkovich says Brady was studying film on the back of the bus.

Brady, for his part, has spoken about his desire to spend more time with family. “Playing football I get so much joy from. I love it. But not playing football, there's a lot of joy in that for me also now, too, with my kids getting older and seeing them develop and grow,” he said Monday on his podcast.

Though Brady is home during the offseason, the NFL season runs for at least six months, and he’s training year-round.

“Tom is 44 years old. He has never, ever, as an adult, enjoyed a weekend in September, October, November, December,” Ninkovich said. “He’s on the road on Christmas sometimes, Thanksgiving, Halloween. I understand.”

Last week, Ninkovich told “The Greg Hill Show” it “wouldn’t surprise him” if Brady walked away, because already on “bonus time.” Brady has nothing to prove.

On Tuesday, however, Ninkovich amended his prediction, saying he could see Brady playing for five more years, or retiring now.

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