Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady has said he’ll take a while to make a decision about his NFL future, but during his final postgame press conference of the season, fans got the impression he may already have played his last game.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen It is one of them.
«I don’t know. When it happened last year and he retired, I told people, ‘I’ll believe it when I don’t play Game 1,'» Allen said on the «Kyle Brandt’s Basement» podcast Tuesday.
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«But the way he spoke in his press conference last night, it seemed a little too sentimental for my taste in terms of holding on to the belief that he’s going to keep playing. But we’ll see.»
The Bucs were eliminated from the playoffs after a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the wild card round on Monday.
To close out his post-game press conference, brady gave what many interpreted as possibly a farewell speech.
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«I just want to thank you guys for everything this year. I really appreciate all your effort. I know it’s hard for you (the media) as well. It’s hard for us as players to get through (the season), and you guys have a job hard,» Brady said. «I appreciate everything you do to cover us and everyone who watches and is a huge fan of the sport. We are so grateful for everyone’s support.»
He continued: «I love this organization. It’s a great place to be. Thank you all for welcoming me and all of you. I’m so grateful for the respect. I hope I returned the same to you. So, thank you very much. I appreciate.
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In addition to a possible second retirement, there are reportedly several teams interested in Brady for the 2023 season.
«It’s up to him and the people in his life, around him, and how he will take that decision into his own hands, but I know there will be teams that will call him,» Allen added.