Tom Brady Hints at Retiring at 45 with 'Cuarenta y Cinco' Instagram Comment

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) follows through on a pass as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, right, looks on during an NFL football minicamp practice, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have teased a time frame for his eventual retirement while posting a comment on Instagram.

ESPN shared a statement Brady made to Oprah Winfrey about how he's contemplating wrapping his NFL career now more than he has in the past and thinks he's "seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later."

In the comments section of the post, Brady wrote "Cuarenta y cinco," which translates from Spanish to 45.

This wouldn't be the first time Brady threw out age 45 as the point at which he'll seriously consider hanging up his cleats for good.

"I always said my mid-40s," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor in May 2017. "Naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don't see why I wouldn't want to continue."

Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop also reported last July that Brady "plans to play until age 45 and isn't ruling out playing at 50."

Brady will turn 41 on Aug. 3.

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