Following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' divisional round loss to the Rams on Sunday, fans and analysts from around the league have all pondered the same question.
Was that the last game we'll ever see from Tom Brady?
On Tuesday, Brady addressed these concerns. The all-time great quarterback acknowledged that his NFL future is a hot topic, but instead turned his focus to what he called an "incredibly rewarding" 2021 season.
Here's a long-winded Instagram caption from the 44-year-old signal caller:
I understand that at this stage in my career, there is going to be interest in my future whenever a season ends, but this week, all that is on my mind is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans that have supported us all year long. This year has been incredibly rewarding personally and professionally and I am appreciative of everyone who worked their ass off to help our team achieve so much.
I always want to win, I think that’s pretty apparent by now, but that doesn’t mean I equate losing to failure, especially when you go out fighting the way we did.. There’s so much to appreciate in a season like this when you’re surrounded by a team that believes in each other, and plays for the people standing on either side of them. I’ll spare you the Man in the Arena quote, but that feeling is something that I promise I’ll never take for granted. To everyone that was a part of it this year, thank you. I love you all!
Just yesterday, Brady, who turns 45 in August, said he plans on discussing his NFL future with his family over the offseason.
“I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want,” he said, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s what we want as a family. And I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.”
In his 22nd NFL season this year, Brady logged a career-high 5,316 passing yards and a league-leading 43 passing touchdowns. Clearly still performing at an elite level, it seems as though his ultimate decision will come down to what's best for his family.