Glendale, AZ. – Tom Brady on Miami Beach, last week told the world via his phone he was retiring after 23 seasons in the NFL.
His long-time friend and teammate Rob Gronkowski actually thought Brady was still gonna play.
“I was shocked because I would say he still has something left in the tank,” Gonk said at a media briefing in Phoenix. “I felt like Tom coulda played until 50 years old. I mean, it’s up to him when he called it quits. Just seeing his preparation, seeing how he prepares, takes care of himself, seeing his mindset, he could definitely do it till 50.”
Brady has a spot in the FOX booth waiting for him, but he’s going to take a year off and learn how to be the best color analyst he can be, just like he did as a player with intense preparation. For now, though, Brady wants to spend time decompressing and being with his family.
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Gronk has enjoyed his retirement from playing in the NFL, and he has some strong advice for Brady now that Tom has hung up his cleats.
“Take it slow and be able to say no,” Gronk said. “That was one thing that Coach (Bill) Belichick actually ingrained in our minds a lot., throughout the time in New England is to say no to the outside distractions.
Gronk says there are always going to be people coming at Brady as they did him with ideas and business opportunities. Gronk says you have to turn a lot, if not most, of them down.
The question is, will Brady listen to his buddy?
“He (Brady) can listen to it or not,” Gronk said. “He better, ’cause I had to listen to his advice for many years.
So Brady and Gronk will be teammates once again, but this time at Fox Sports. Gronk says he has no plans on coming out of retirement, and it looks like Brady, this time, is retired for good as well.
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