Tom Brady brought his incredible 23-year career to a close on February 1, 2023, after his Tampa Bay Bucs lost a one-sided affair to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round. It was sad to see the legendary quarterback leave the sport he gave so much to. But Brady arguably hung on for too long and should have retired earlier. Some football fans think he tainted his legacy by playing for too long.
Today we’ll look at the reasons why Brady should have retired before he reached this point. It’s safe to say that 2022 wasn’t a good year for the former New England star. Brady is the most successful player in NFL history so it was a shame to see him leave with a whimper. Check out the reasons why he should have retired earlier below.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a 45-year-old man showed signs of a visible physical decline. However, this still shocked many fans because it felt like Father Time couldn’t touch Brady. In 2020, he had some of the best performances of his career despite his advancing years. Statistically, he was on par with his prime years as he helped the team to the Super Bowl.
In his final year, Brady finished under .500 for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, he became less effective as the likes of Geno Smith outperformed him on the field. Brady also became the most-sacked quarterback ever but that’s a testament to his longevity. In the end, he should have retired earlier because he looked old on the field (via Sports Illustrated).