Posts Tagged ‘Possible Retirement’

At nearly 41 years old, Tom Brady can see the end of his NFL journey looming.

In an excerpt from an interview with Oprah Winfrey, set to air Sunday, the New England Patriots star quarterback admitted he’s pondering retirement more often as he wants to spend more time with his children.

“I think about it more now than I used to,” Brady said, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.”

Brady has made it clear on numerous occasions that he believes he can play into his mid-40s. However, when pressed on what age he’s aiming to play until by Oprah, the five-time Super Bowl champion refused to get specific.

“As long as I’m still loving it,” Brady said. “As long as I’m loving the training and the preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I alluded to a lot in the docu-series (“Tom vs. Time”), there’s other things happening in my life, too.

“I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there, driving my kids to their games . . . my kids have brought a great perspective in my life. Kids just want the attention. You better be there. And be available to them.”

Brady’s offseason has been dominated by his absence from the Patriots voluntary workouts, a departure from his usual preparations. The NFL’s reigning MVP did report for mandatory minicamp at the start of June, along with Rob Gronkowski, who has also appeared more disconnected from the Patriots since the end of the season.

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Few people in Gregg Popovich’s orbit think the longtime San Antonio Spurs bench boss will coach beyond his assignment in the 2020 Olympics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Three years ago, Popovich was named head coach of the USA Basketball senior men’s team for the 2017-20 cycle, which includes the FIBA World Cup next year, and the Tokyo Olympics two years from now.

Popovich, who turns 70 in January, is the longest-tenured head coach in the NBA, having taken the reins of the Spurs on Dec. 10, 1996. His team failed to win 50 games in 2017-18 for the first time since that initial season.

Popovich is expected to meet with Kawhi Leonard soon – possibly this week – to iron out any issues between the franchise player and the organization, while he’s also reportedly interested in having a free-agent conversation with LeBron James.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the tail end of his career, but he’s certainly not approaching the upcoming season that way.

Manning is tasked with steering the Giants out of the NFC East basement after the team sputtered to a 3-13 mark in 2017. With a new managerial regime in place, along with second overall pick Saquon Barkley in tow, the Giants are expected to compete for a playoff spot again, even with Manning turning 38 next January.

Some believed the Giants should’ve taken in a quarterback with the No. 2 pick to replace Manning, while stating that he’s no longer good enough to lead the team to its third Super Bowl of his career. Manning, to little surprise, disagreed.

“That’s not the way I look at it,” Manning said to Art Stapleton of USA TODAY. “And I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right.”

Manning knows he has to galvanize the Giants’ fan base in a year where one of their principle rivals, Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl. If Manning is to be believed, the 2017 campaign should be viewed as an anomaly.

“There’s some excitement for this year, which is good,” Manning said. “Obviously, some changes, and when you have new players, new draft picks, free agency, so I think, you know, hopefully guys remember, hey, two years ago we won 11 games. Last year, obviously, we went through a tough streak, but that’s football, it can change very quickly from year to year, from good to bad or bad to good. So I think it’s good to see the fans are excited, and I’m excited to be back and want to give them something to keep cheering for.”

After his second high-profile loss in the Octagon last night, Dana White appears to have called time on former WWE star CM Punk’s UFC future.

Punk was outclassed by Mike Jackson at UFC 255, with the judges awarding a unanimous decision to the latter. Speaking in the post-show press conference, UFC honcho White said:

“It should be a wrap. The guy’s 39 years old. I love the guy – he’s the nicest guy in the world. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight in this fight. And yeah, I think he should call it a wrap.”

White took a similar position following Punk’s debut annihilation at the hands of Mickey Gall just over two years ago. With the latest defeat dealing another damaging blow to the ex-wrestler’s drawing power, there’s every chance the UFC impresario is being sincere this time.

Punk was taken to hospital for a facial CT scan after his loss, and as a result missed the press conference. He later Tweeted:

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White’s compliments did not extend to Punk’s conqueror Jackson, who he called a “goofball” and a “complete f*cking idiot” for appearing to toy with his bested opponent.

To the horror of 31 other teams, Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.

Few thought the New England Patriots star quarterback’s status was in doubt for the upcoming season, and despite admitting that the situation is less than ideal for his family, Brady confirmed he’ll return for 2018.

“Part of this offseason for me is certainly about still preparing for what’s ahead in my next journey, my next mountain to climb with this group of teammates, but it’s also (acknowledging) that a lot of people are getting the short end of the stick in my life – certainly my wife and my kids,” Brady said during an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

“Football is year-round for me. It’s a lot of thought, a lot of energy and emotion put into it, but I need to invest in them, too. My kids are 10, 8, and 5. They’re not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too. … I’ve really spent the last two or three months doing those things, and I think I’m really trying to fill my tank up so that when I do go back, I can go back and I think I’ll actually be, in my mind, a better player, a better teammate, because I’ll be really rejuvenated.”

The reigning MVP certainly has nothing left to prove but spoke about what he feels he needs to accomplish to round out his career.

“I have personal goals. I want to keep playing. I’ve said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years when I was 36-37, ‘You can’t keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls (at that age).’ It’s a great challenge for me. I think I’ve been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it.”

Ben Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement in recent years, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback now believes he has several seasons still in front of him.

“… I plan on playing for three to five more years, depending on how the line goes and staying healthy, if I can stay healthy,” he told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger, 36, was responding to a question about Steelers draftee Mason Rudolph eventually succeeding him as the starter. Pittsburgh spent a third-round pick on Rudolph at the 2018 NFL Draft and used a fourth-rounder last year on Joshua Dobbs, with the anticipation that Big Ben’s career could soon be over.

“I went and talked to Art (Rooney II) and coach (Mike Tomlin) and (offensive coordinator) coach Randy (Fichtner),” said Roethlisberger, “And basically said, ‘Listen, I can’t control – barring major injuries, barring things at home, and things out of your control – the way my body feels. The way our O-line is put together, as good as they are, they kept me healthy as can be the last couple years. I really feel I can play this game another three to five years.’

“I’ll still take it one year at a time and give it everything I have that one year, but that’s what I felt comfortable in telling them.”

Roethlisberger ranked fifth in the NFL last season with 4,251 passing yards, to go along with 28 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

It appears to be the end of the NFL road – again – for Jay Cutler, at least according to his wife, Kristin Cavallari.

Cavallari told SiriusXM’s “The Jenny McCarthy Show” that Cutler has “a few offers on the table,” but she believes her husband is finished playing football.

“It’s not official. But yeah,” she said, according to TMZ Sports. “… I think he’s done.”

Cutler said he wants to play in 2018, but won’t accept a backup job.

The 34-year-old took a gig with FOX as an in-game analyst last offseason, but ended his retirement when the Miami Dolphins came calling following Ryan Tannehill‘s season-ending injury in camp.

However, Cutler produced one of the worst seasons of his career and the Dolphins went 6-10.