Tom Brady has officially been retired for over a month, but New England Patriots fans and the rest of the NFL world are still lacking clarity with regards to what he’ll do next. After Brady’s 22 years at the peak of his profession, it’s hard to simply move on to a different phase of life.
Amid the constant rumblings that he could be potentially pushed out of retirement, fans have been looking to TB12 to either confirm or deny all of the hullabaloo surrounding his future. The idea of Brady playing his 23rd season can’t be completely ruled out until he puts it to bed.
That prospect remains unlikely as he looks to set up his post-football business empire. Speaking on a SiriusXM radio show, it can be inferred that Brady is thinking more about golf than his pro career. Still, the ambiguity and refusal to shut down all the rumors is starting to get a little annoying.
"“I wish I had a clear vision of what the future holds,” Brady said. “I think for me, there’s a lot of great things and a lot of great opportunities that I know I said right after football season. I was looking forward to spending time with my family. And I’ve done that the last five weeks. And I know there’ll be a lot more of that, too.”"
What will Tom Brady do after football?
Broadcasting is probably not in Brady’s future, as several big-name quarterbacks that made the jump to TV were rumored to have been linked to commentating jobs as their playing careers wind down. Coaching is also unlikely. So where does that leave him?
In ProFootballTalk’s story about Stephen Ross wanting to add Brady to the roster before the Brian Flores lawsuit, it was reported that Brady was being discussed as a potential minority owner.
Considering how big names like Michael Jordan, Alex Rodriguez, LeBron James, and Aaron Rodgers have all purchased minority stakes in some franchises in and outside of their respective sports, Brady could go down this path.
If Brady wants to completely break away from football and move into the business side of things, he has the tools to do that. Not only is he developing his own clothing line, but he’s financing a buddy comedy with names like Lily Tomlin and Sally Field on the script.
While it was clear immediately after they retired that Peyton Manning was going to work in the TV production space and Drew Brees would start broadcasting, Brady could go in one of several different directions. No matter what he chooses, at least Rita Moreno is going to get a paycheck out of all this. We can all get behind that.
But it’s time to just shut the door on the football career because nobody wants to be left wondering if he’s going to come back or not … especially after two-plus decades of dominance. Keep playing or hang ’em up. Please no in-between.