On Sunday night the New York Giants won 21-17 to the New England Patriots and the questions about Tom Brady’s future began.
After the game Brady was seen walking slowly to the locker room and didn’t come back into public view for 15 minutes. He was then seen looking sad and being comforted by his wife.
On Monday morning the press seemed to have it in for Brady, with many publications calling for him to retire.
The International Business Times said “They say you should leave on a high note, but this might be the two-time MVP's best chance to pick up the pieces and start a new chapter in his career.”
The Boston Herald said “At some point - maybe four, five years down the road - Brady will retire and receive his one-way ticket to Canton. But there remains one striking black eye on his career, his legacy.”
Here's what Boston Globe columnist Eric Wilbur wrote after the game "The legend is dead, the prince has turned back into a frog, and...well, use whatever other cliché you want.
“A performance as bad as Tom Brady's tonight in Super Bowl XLVI deserves a lead just as lame.
"Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one's on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans."
The Times goes on to list the reasons he should retire. Let’s see if you agree.
1. He’s too old.
Brady’s 34-years-old and he’s been playing with the Patriots since 2000. Most football players retire in their late-30s. Currently, he’s almost 10 years older than most of his teammates.
2. New England Patriots are changing.
The end of the Super Bowl means the end of contracts and a new look for every team.
3. Gisele Bunchen, his wife, wants a big family.
The couple already have one child, Benjamin Rein, but the supermodel told Hello magazine she can’t wait for Ben to have more sisters and brothers.
She said “I want to have lots of children. It doesn't matter if my body changes. It is the most marvelous thing."
4. A new career.
Of course his career in football wouldn’t be over if Brady stepped off the field. The handsome quarter back could make a boatload of money as a commentator and analyst.
As the Times put it, “Brady could take early retirement as a chance to spend Sundays in the broadcast booth, and not worrying about the Giants' Justin Tuck hitting him all the time.”
5. He leaves behind an amazing legacy.
He’s done more than most football players and has more than enough credentials to get him into the Hall of Fame. He has three Super Bowl rings, he is a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) and he’s broken the record for most touchdown passes.
So, what do you think? Is it his time?
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