Tom Brady's last game against the New England Patriots when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Gillette Stadium in Week 3 should be quite the spectacle.
But what if that's not his last game against the Patriots?
The 44-year-old quarterback has said in years past he wants to play to age 45, which would mean retiring after the 2022 season. But during Thursday's episode of "Tommy and Gronky," a video series produced by the Bucs, teammate Rob Gronkowski asked Brady if he thinks he can play until 50 years old.
"I mean, I don't find it so difficult," Brady responded. "Plus, Florida, it's kind of a retiree state. So I feel like I can play and then just glide into retirement. I think I can. I think it's a yes."
Looking forward to seeing Brady in the 2027 Super Bowl.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion suggested as recently as this June that playing until 50 was unrealistic. Just before the season began, though, Brady said he hopes to stay in Tampa Bay for "many years," and after his performance in the Bucs' season opener -- 379 passing yards and four touchdowns in a win over the Dallas Cowboys -- we can't blame him for moving the goalposts.
Brady's philosophy is to continue playing until he's no longer a "championship-level quarterback," and considering how long Brady has lasted past his supposed expiration date, we're not ruling out the Bucs being contenders for several more years.
TB12 needs four more years to pass George Blanda (48 years old) as the oldest quarterback to play in the NFL. As Gronk joked in the episode, the only person who might prevent Brady from hitting that milestone might be his wife, Gisele Bundchen.
"There's a little spin to that question. I think it's, 'Will Gisele let Tom play until 50?'" Gronkowski said.
"That is of course no, that answer," Brady responded. "I'm just kidding. I'm sorry, babe. I love you. You'd let me do anything as long as I'm happy."
Brady certainly seems happy with his situation in Tampa Bay, where the Bucs are favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions.