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Tom Brady pushes back his NFL retirement date past 45

It was a bad day to be a NFL coach, quarterback or anyone else chasing a Super Bowl ring anywhere but with the Tampa Buccaneers.

Tom Brady, 43, admitted Monday he might play more than another two years.

The end of an era was supposed to be in sight because Brady once arbitrarily said he wanted to play until he 45 years old and because he signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers last March to run through his age-44 season.

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Tom Brady on Jan. 28, 2021

But would he consider playing beyond 45 after his rebirth with a new team?

“Yeah, definitely,” Brady said as Super Bowl 2021 week began. “I would definitely consider that. It’s a physical sport, and just the perspective I have on that is you never know when that [final] moment is. Just because it’s a contact sport. There is a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be a 100-percent from myself to doing it.”

You can almost hear the groans.

Brady just led a team that hadn’t won a playoff game since 2007 into the Super Bowl, along the way ending the bids for all-time greats Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers to win a second Super Bowl. Brees is expected to retire, while Rodgers’ future with the Packers is uncertain after losing in the NFC Championship Game for the fourth time in the last decade.