TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Ok, now that I have your attention, we maybe all asking: can we expect a Tom Brady retirement? No, in my opinion.

After the Sunday night Buccaneers loss, sports media and frankly, ALL media turned on the speculation machine and start throwing out the question of the hour.

One outlet, Deseret.com even portrayed Tom’s thanking to the press as, a farewell:

So, before he walked off the stage. He thanked them for their work this season — and throughout his time with the Buccaneers.

Tom Brady, Elton John Retirement Promise

Did you know that Tom isn’t the first talent to stay beyond his welcome. Seventy-five year old music legend Elton John has promised FIVE different retirements since the 1980’s. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and Billy Joel are WAY past the normal retirement age. Yet, none of them have given any signals of hanging it up.

Studies has shown that high achievement personalities have difficulty in cutting the ties to their fans, because of the self-afflicted narrative playing in their head:

you’re only as good as your last performance.

David Letterman shared in Vulture a hysterical, yet sad commentary of how retirement isn’t what it’s cracked up to be:

So, I’m seated at dinner next to a man who is the assistant chief of staff to the prime minister of Norway. I’m feeling like a big shot. And when it comes about dessert time, the guy says to me, “Excuse me. Why are you here?”  You know what? I think I picked up somebody else’s mail. “So you’re here by mistake?” And I said, Yeah. And he said, “Oh.” So there you go  you get invited to the state dinner, nobody knows why. That’s the sum total of being retired.

Let’s look at other stars who can’t hang it up!

  • Jay Leno-72

    He has TWO TV shows, and does standup on the weekends. I saw him do standup for a private event in 2002 in Los Angeles. He performed for an hour was hysterical.

  • Tim Allen-69

    Signed a multi year deal with Disney to play Santa.

  • Paul McCartney-80

    At Fenway last June, his signed was, “see ya next time.”

  • Rod Stewart-78

    Looks totally happy working to me

  • Mick Jagger-79

    Jon Bon Jovi said he’s waiting for Mick to announce his retirement, so HE (Jon) can make his timeline. I wouldn’t hold your breath, Jon.

  • Clint Eastwood-92

    In 2021, he acted in, directed, AND produced Cry Macho for Warner Bros.

  • Tom Jones-82

    Currently on tour in Dubai. When he’s not singing, he’s a judge on the UK version of The Voice. 

  • Harrison Ford-80

    Still looks like Han Solo to me. He’s in a new Indy movie coming. Currently, he’s in 1923, a Yellowstone spin-off, co-starring with Helen Mirren. 

  • Helen Mirren-77

     

  • Judi Dench-88

    The boss of James Bond. Not bad

  • Billy Joel-73

    Last Friday, he played his 133rd show at Madison Square Garden.

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