New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won't be retiring from football anytime soon, that is at least according to the Pats owner Robert Kraft.
The AFC East team made the decision to select a QB in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, a move which has led to speculation around the future of Brady in Foxboro, but Kraft insists he wants the three-time Super Bowl winner to remain a Patriot for life.
Former Eastern Illinois signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo selection with the 62nd pick of the draft signalled a move towards a new era after Brady, but that does mean that the legendary QB is going to be going anywhere anytime soon.
"We believe that Tom has a lot of play left. The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him," said Kraft. "At the same time, that’s a position where you need a strong back-up.
"In any business, you always need disaster insurance (for) the most important thing. And now we have a young man (in Jimmy Garoppolo) that I hope he’s as good as everyone feels. I also hope he doesn’t get a chance to start for a long, long time.”
Brady will be 40 by the time his current contract with the Pats ends. When asked about whether he will retire as a Patriot, Kraft admitted he certainly hopes that to be the case.
“I sure hope so. We did something creative; he was a visionary and he allowed us to restructure his contract in a way that was good for us. I know I personally and our whole fanbase only want to see him always have that flying Elvis (Pats logo on his helmet) or Pat Patriot if we’re doing throwbacks.”