Amid speculation he could be an option for the Las Vegas Raiders (the franchise he is joining in an ownership role), legendary quarterback Tom Brady reiterated — in no uncertain terms — that he will, indeed, stay retired.
“I’m certain I’m not playing again,” Brady told Sports Illustrated in a report released Thursday morning.
Tom Brady is not coming back, from Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/1DrYsyfAkl— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) June 1, 2023
Brady retired earlier this offseason. Brady, 45, of course, ended a short retirement last year ... but he said he is for sure done this time around. Thus, his message is that we can eliminate him as an option for the Raiders if Jimmy Garoppolo’s surgically-repaired foot precludes him for playing this year. The Raiders do, however, expect Garoppolo to be able to play.
If not the best available option is not an option.
Brady is in the process of finalizing his role as a minority owner of the Raiders. He told Sports Illustrated that he is excited about his post-playing life that will include raising his children, starting a broadcasting career in 2024 with Fox Sports and his role with the Raiders.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity I have with the Raiders and we’re in the process of that,” Brady told Sports Illustrated.
Brady told Rich Eisen if the Raiders’ deal is finalized, it would be a “dream come true” to become a part owner of an NFL team.
️ @TomBrady— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) June 1, 2023
"I'll be competitive in other areas." — The 7x Super Bowl champion told us how he plans to scratch that hyper-competition itch, including his future ownership stake in #RaiderNation:#NFL pic.twitter.com/4JSH2X95j3
He also addressed the Raiders on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Thursday on @SportsCenter, @TomBrady chats with @JeremySchaap about retirement and all that has come with it - including fatherhood and his minority ownership of the @Raiders and @LVAces pic.twitter.com/c70ACaXfLQ— Bea Panitz (@beapanitzESPN) June 1, 2023
So, we can end talk that Brady will play for the Raiders ... until the rumors start again, of course.