Tom Brady, It’s Time To Retire

Tom Brady has not only reached the mountain top, he has built a cabin, swimming pool and tennis courts. When it comes to greatness, it’s all about the championship and no other quarterback has won more Super Bowls than Brady. The record book for his sport’s biggest game is filled with his name. Coach Bill Belichick, also considered the best ever at what he does, said after the comeback win over the Falcons, that Tom Brady “has given us every single ounce of effort, blood, sweat and tears that he has in him.” That’s why there is no better time to retire.

Athletes always tell us that they want to go out on top. This is it for Brady. This is the ‘drop the mic’ moment. Think about how we view John Elway versus Michael Jordan. When we look back at #7’s career, our immediate thought is “That’s how you go out.” On the other hand, with #23, his retirements and unretirements became a punchline. Imagine if he had gone out after dropping 45 points on the Jazz and the indelible image of his final shot, the game winner over Bryon Russell. He had his moment and went away, only to return 3 years later for a regrettable run with the Wizards. There are others – Jerome Bettis winning the Super Bowl in his hometown of Detroit, Michael Strahan after taking down the undefeated Patriots, and Ray Lewis marching out of New Orleans with a win. They headed into the sunset carrying the Lombardi Trophy.

I don’t want Tom to stop playing, but his legacy is intact. Brady’s 39-years old and, frankly, it rarely works out for athletes playing into their 40s. This is especially true when it comes to a physical game like football. If he were to step away from the game now then I wouldn’t be sad, I’d applaud. He’s the greatest to play his position and he’d be going out in the greatest fashion – Super Bowl champion and MVP.