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Is that a light at the end of the tunnel?

Tom Brady says retirement coming "sooner rather than later"

June 18, 2018 - 11:34 am

Could this be promising news for Buffalo Bills fans? And Miami Dolphins fans. And New York Jets fans. Maybe.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says that retirement is coming "sooner rather than later". The 40-year-old has said in the past that he wants to continue playing as long as he can. Brady admitted to Winfrey that he has considered retirement more now, wanting to spend more time with his family.

"I think about it more now than I used to. I think I'm seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later," Brady said. "As long as I'm still loving it. As long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it's also [that] I think what I've alluded to a lot in the ["Tom vs. Time"] docuseries was there's other things happening in my life too. I do have [three] kids that I love, and I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games. I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they're going to look back on their life and go, 'Dad didn't really care that much.'"

That does sound a little different from the Brady that said, not long ago, that he wants to continue playing into his mid 40's.

Winfrey also asked Brady about his relationship with head coach Bill Belichick.

"I love him," he said. "I love that he’s an incredible coach, mentor for me. And he’s pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don’t agree on absolutely everything. But that’s relationships.”

Brady and the Bills' first meeting of the 2018 season will be on Monday Night Football on November 29th at New Era Field. The second will be at Foxboro on December 23.

Bills Training Camp opens Thursday July 26 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.

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