Tom Brady has not only outlasted Peyton Manning, but now his successor, as well.
During his Monday appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” the Patriots quarterback shared his reaction to Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement and what it means to see the 29-year-old hang his helmet so young.
“It is his life. Everyone has the right to choose what he wants to do,” Brady said. “He had a great career, and he was a great player. Everybody wishes they could be healthy all the time. It is a contact sport, and he’s certainly had his fair share of injuries, so guys retire at different times. Some at the end of the season, and I have seen a lot of guys retire before the season gets going and this is just one of those examples.”
Brady, who turned 42 earlier this month, has been faced with retirement questions himself but credited his unwavering support system for keeping him going for 20 seasons.
“I think it’s everything. There’s definitely a physical element,” Brady said. “There’s definitely an emotional element. I think there is a mental element. Everything in my view really has to come together for you to be the best version of yourself as a player, and it takes a lot of support. It takes a lot of people. You see, certainly, you can see me as an individual doing that. I have the support of my teammates, my coaches, my family, my friends, Alex (Guerrero), my training system. All those things really need to come together in order to continue to achieve.
“It feels great when you have that support because a football season is like a marathon. There’s moments where it is very challenging whether it’s physically, emotionally, or mentally…. you need somebody to help you push through the hard parts because it’s not all easy. It’s a great challenge, but it is very rewarding when you meet the challenge, too.”
Brady can also relate having lost one of his favorite targets earlier this offseason as tight end Rob Gronkowski retired after nine seasons, so he’ll undoubtedly enjoy having less quarterback competition in the AFC come playoff time.