New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey recently, and retirement was one of the topics the five-time Super Bowl champ discussed.
Brady, 40, said he sees his football career ending “sooner rather than later,” according to excerpts from the interview obtained by the Boston Herald. The full interview will air Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
“I think about it more now than I used to,” Brady said. “I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner rather than later.”
The former Michigan quarterback has spent his entire 18-year NFL career with the Patriots. Brady, who turns 41 on Aug. 3, won the league’s MVP award last season before his team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52.
According to the Herald, Brady did not get into the specifics during the interview regarding when he would retire, saying he wants to keep playing football “as long as I’m still loving it.
“As long as I’m loving the training and the preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I alluded to a lot in the docuseries [Tom vs. Time], there’s other things happening in my life, too,” Brady said. “I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there, driving my kids to their games . . . my kids have brought a great perspective in my life. Kids just want the attention. You better be there. And be available to them.”