“I Give It A 40 Percent Chance Of Him Retiring” | Shannon Sharpe Says Tom Brady Is Seriously Contemplating Retirement For First Time

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Maybe Tom Brady must have made it look too easy.

After winning six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then winning a championship in his first season, we thought he could do anything in football.

No one saw that the Los Angeles Rams and their QB frontman, Matthew Stafford, could stop Brady from gaining his eighth ring, but they did.

The End Of Brady’s Career?

Jan. 23, 2022, will forever be branded as the end of Tom Brady’s second season with the Bucs after the team’s 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. However, will it also be remembered as his last day on an NFL football field?

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Shannon Sharpe thinks so.

“First of all, I don’t think Brady is being forthcoming,” said Shannon Sharpe to his co-host Skip on his show “Undisputed.” “I believe he’s put some thought into it. Skip, every other year, he’s always said I’m coming back — no question about that. This is the first time that, in my mind, it’s a real possibility at the hint of retirement.

“I’ll give it a 40 percent chance of him retiring; that is pretty high. The guy threw for the third-most passing yards in NFL history.

Almost Is Not Enough

The star quarterback almost tasted victory during the Sunday divisional playoff game. He rallying his team from a 27-3 deficit to tie the game in the final minute.

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However, in the final moments, the Rams pulled past the Bucs with a 30-yard field goal by Matt Gay right as the game finished. Brady’s march to Super Bowl LVI is now over. Then came the questions.

“I haven’t put a lot of thought into it, so we will take it day by day and see where we’re at,” said Tom Brady at the postgame presser.

Living In The Moment

When asked what’s the biggest factor in his retirement decision, Brady said, “Truthfully guys, I’m thinking about this game, and I’m not thinking about anything past the next 5 minutes from now.”

Former Bucs player Keyshawn Johnson agrees with Sharpe that the possibility of retirement seems imminent for Brady, who will be 45 years old soon.

“You’ve won seven [Super Bowls] and you’ve played in 10,” Johnson said on ESPN’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Max Show.” “You’ve accomplished every hardware you could think of and imaginable in terms of professional sports.”

Family Over Football

During his docuseries “Man In The Arena,” Brady hinted that he may consider retirement to spend more time with his family.

The quarterback is married to model Gisele Bündchen, with whom he has three kids.

“There’s also something to be said for family, and time with your family. He has kids. They’re getting older,” Johnson added. “I’m sure his son wants to play football or wants to play quarterback or something along those lines, and duplicate that success or try to duplicate the success that his dad had. Living that dream, you want to be there for that.”

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.