New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says it’s “pretty unlikely” he’ll retire within the low season after the Tennessee Titans knocked his facet out of the NFL play-offs.
The Titans beat the Patriots, the defending champions, 20-13 within the AFC wildcard recreation at Foxborough.
Brady, 42, is ready to turn out to be a free agent for the primary time in his profession.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. No-one needs to make choices at this point,” he stated on Sunday.
Brady has solely performed for the Patriots in his record-breaking 20-year NFL profession.
He has gained a document six Tremendous Bowls, together with three of the final 5, and is extensively considered the best quarterback of all time.
“I love playing football. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games,” Brady added.
“I don’t know what it looks like moving forward, so we’ll just take it day by day.”
Brady’s final move in what might be his closing recreation for the Patriots was intercepted for a landing.
‘We’re centered on this recreation proper now’
When requested if Brady may return subsequent season, head coach Invoice Belichick stated: “We just finished the game, so we’re focused on this game right now.”
There was hypothesis Brady would retire when the Patriots misplaced their closing recreation of the common season, forcing them to play within the wildcard spherical of the play-offs for the primary time in 10 years.
After taking part in faculty soccer at Michigan, Brady was the 199th choose within the 2000 draft however, below the tutelage of Belichick, he led the Patriots to probably the most profitable period within the franchise’s historical past.
The pair have gained extra Tremendous Bowls, common season and postseason video games than every other quarterback-head coach mixture in NFL historical past.
Brady gained every of his first three Tremendous Bowls (2002, 2004, 2005) and was the championship recreation’s Most Priceless Participant (MVP) 4 occasions, making a complete of 9 Tremendous Bowl appearances – each NFL data.
He was named because the league’s MVP in 2007, 2010 and 2017, and is second on the all-time checklist for landing passes and passing yards behind present New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
After the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams final 12 months, Brady has gained extra Tremendous Bowls than every other participant and final month was one in all solely three present gamers named within the NFL 100 All-Time Group to commemorate the league’s 100th season.
He holds the NFL document for the longest time taking part in quarterback for one franchise, and has by no means had a shedding season because the beginning QB.
Brady’s 2019 season in numbers
- Brady completed the common season having accomplished 60.8% of his passes for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions
- He missed out on a Professional Bowl choice for the primary time since 2008
- His completion proportion was his lowest since 2004
- His yards per try common was his lowest since 2002
Highs and lows
2000 – Watches six quarterbacks chosen within the NFL draft earlier than the Patriots select him within the sixth spherical.
2001 – Turns into the Patriots’ beginning QB after Drew Bledsoe is injured in week two.
2002 – At 24, turns into the youngest QB to win a Tremendous Bowl and the sport’s MVP award because the Patriots pull off one of many greatest upsets in Tremendous Bowl historical past to beat the St Louis Rams 20-17.
2005 – Helps the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles to win Tremendous Bowl XXXIX and be a part of the Dallas Cowboys as the one groups in NFL historical past to win three Tremendous Bowls in 4 years.
2008 – Loses his first Tremendous Bowl because the Patriots miss the possibility to turn out to be the primary crew for the reason that 1972 Miami Dolphins to win each recreation of the season, shedding to the New York Giants.
2008 – Misses the remainder of the season after tearing knee ligaments within the Patriots’ opening recreation.
2012 – Loses his second Tremendous Bowl because the Patriots are once more crushed by the Giants.
2015 – Leads the Patriots’ fightback as they beat the Seattle Seahawks, changing into the primary crew in Tremendous Bowl historical past to win after trailing by double digits within the second half.
2016 – Banned for 4 video games over ‘deflate-gate’, with Brady alleged to have colluded with crew officers to deflate footballs under the allowable restrict throughout a 2015 play-off recreation.
2017 – Finishes with a then-record 466 passing yards because the Patriots pull off the largest fightback in Tremendous Bowl historical past. They trailed the Atlanta Falcons by 25 factors within the third quarter however recovered to win 34-28 in time beyond regulation.
2018 – Throws for a document 505 yards however the Patriots are nonetheless upset 41-33 by the Philadelphia Eagles in Tremendous Bowl LII.
2019 – At 41 turns into the oldest participant to start out, and win, a Tremendous Bowl because the Patriots overcome the LA Rams 13-3.