Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana told TMZ over the weekend that he believes that Tom Brady is “crazy” to retire right now with the team that he has in Tampa Bay and that Brady is not done playing football.
“Look at the team he’s got, why would you want to leave that?” Montana said. “I don’t think it’s done yet. I don’t think that’s over with.”
“He’s still able to play at a high level,” he added, “and the way his season ended for him, I would think that with the team he has, give it at least one more shot.”
Brady announced his retirement at the start of the month, writing:
I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition – if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed and success is what I love so much about our game. There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.
This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.
About a week after he announced his retirement, Brady teased a possible comeback during an interview on a podcast.
“You know, I’m just going to take things as they come. I think that’s the best way to put it and I don’t think anything — you know, you never say never,” Brady said. “I know that I’m very — I feel very good about my decision. I don’t know how I’ll feel six months from now, and if that will change, it most likely won’t. But I try to make the best possible decision I can in the moment, which I did this last week.”
The Daily Wire reported earlier this month:
Brady finishes his illustrious career with seven Super Bowl rings — the most by a player in NFL history — and as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions, and passing touchdowns. Those close to Brady have believed that his 22nd season would be his last following the Bucs loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
Following Tampa Bay’s 30-27 loss to the Rams, Brady said he would take his future “day by day.” …
Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, and took over as the starting quarterback during the 2001 season after an injury to Drew Bledsoe. He would go on to lead New England to the organization’s first championship, and win five more Super Bowls with the Patriots in his 20 seasons under head coach Bill Belichick.
He left New England following the 2019 season, and won his seventh Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa Bay.
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