Tom Brady

Brady (probably) means it this time

Tom Brady re-announced his retirement as an NFL quarterback. Since he announced his retirement as an NFL quarterback a year ago, it is only sensible that his re-announcement be appended with a maybe. Or maybe a probably.

Probably looks like the way to go this time. Probably is sprinkled with a bit more certainty than maybe.

Brady is too intelligent to try this again. Retirement remorse is one thing, but if he turns up at any training camp in July wearing anything resembling a player’s uniform and his legacy would take more than a door ding.

To be fair, anyone going with maybe can be excused for seeming excess cynicism. As former Prresident George W, Bush said, “Fool me once, shame on ,,, shame on you … fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”

Maybe (probably?) Brady just wanted to hear the great praise that serenaded him last year. No quarterback deserved the unanimous huzzahs prompted by Brady’s announcement.

Bill Belichick acknowledged that Brady had the most successful career any player could hope to have.

“Tom was a true professional who carried himself with class and integrity throughout his career. I thank Tom for the positive impact he had on me and on the Patriots and congratulate him on his amazing career.”

Those are the words one GOAT only shares with another.

The ex wasted no time in chiming in.

“Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life,” Giselle Bundschen wrote in an Instagram post.

The most obvious reason to take Brady at his word is that he has struck a deal with Fox Sports that will pay him about a gazillion dollars. We should be speculating on whether he’ll be honest, even when it means being critical. That’s not so easy to do for lots of ex-big leaguers when they step into the broadcast booth.

Those who fail behind a microphone feel that they can’t criticize anyone in the club to which they once belonged.

As the undisputed GOAT, Brady certainly has the bona fides to call it like he sees it. And he has seen, heard and experienced so much during two decades of active duty that there should be plenty of tales to share with us.

Retirement II seems legit.

Probably.

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