Tom Brady ahead of a Jan. 23 playoff game. Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waits in the tunnel before playing the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The prevailing assumption heading into this offseason is that legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady is going to retire. After winning a Super Bowl last year and returning to the playoffs once more with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there are many who believe that the ageless wonder is ready to hang up the cleats and move on from the game. Seven Super Bowl victories later, there really isn’t anything left for the 44-year-old to prove and he’s even alluded to wanting to spend more time with his family in recent days.

CBS broadcaster Tony Romo stopped by CBS Morning on Friday to discuss this weekend’s AFC Championship Game, which he is calling alongside Jim Nantz. However, the topic of Brady’s potential retirement came up. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback shared an interesting theory regarding what he thinks could happen if Brady does retire.

“I think sneakily, there’s a chance Tom Brady retires and could come back in two years,” Romo said. “This is just crazy, but he’s like a bionic man. He’s not hurt, he’s still playing great, he may need to refresh like Jordan and go two years away and maybe start another challenge.”

Romo noted that he has no insider knowledge and he’s just guessing here.

Certainly, you can look at the determination and will that both Jordan and Brady share to be the best and consider that their careers follow the same trajectories. The difference is that, according to Romo’s theory, Brady would be 47 if he came back to play in the NFL at that point, and it just sounds ludicrous that he’d be able to compete at the level he demands on himself, even if he stayed in great shape.

We’ll likely hear from Brady about his future plans in the coming weeks. If he does decide to retire, there will certainly be a lot of people expecting him to reverse course soon after, though it remains to be seen how likely that would ever be.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to