First Big Ben, and now, it appears Tom Brady may be stepping down from his role as king of the NFL.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, members of Brady’s “inner circle” think “that the all-time great is preparing to retire from the game.” The CBS Sports report said “a formal announcement expected shortly.”

“Brady is fully aware of the ripple effect his departure would have on the organization, and however he opts to formalize his plans – on social media or through a press conference or both – there is a growing anticipation that it’s coming this week,” La Canfora stated.

I’m a Tom Brady fan, especially since he’s been down in Tampa, so I’ll be disappointed if this is true. I was thinking he’d stay for one more year. We’ll keep you posted!

Here's What Tom Brady is Saying About Retirement

  • After the game

    After the loss to the Rams, Brady was asked on the field about retirement, to which he answered that he “hadn’t put a lot of thought into it.”

  • Living in the moment

    “We’ll just take it day by day and see where we’re at,” he added on the field after the Rams game.

  • The morning after

    Brady appeared on the SiriusXM’s “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Gray on Monday (Jan. 24) to talk about the loss and his future.

  • Family matters

    Brady is a family guy, and on “Let’s Go,” he said that while he didn’t want to “rush” any decision, his wife, Gisele Bündchen, and kids would be at the center of his decision.

  • What his family means to him

    “The biggest difference now that I’m older is I have kids now too, and I care about them a lot as well,” Brady told Jim Gray on the show. “They’ve been my biggest supporters. My wife is my biggest supporter, it pains her to see me get hit out there. She deserves what she needs from me as a husband and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad.”

  • It's not about what he wants

    “I’m gonna spend some time with them and give them what they need, because they’ve really been giving me what I need the last six months to do what I love to do,” Brady added on the show. “I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about — It’s not always what I want, it’s what we want as a family. I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.

  • He loves football, and that's why he's stayed this long

    “Playing football I get so much joy from, I love it,” he added on the show. “But not playing football, there’s a lot of joy in that for me also now too, with my kids getting older and seeing them develop and grow.”

  • One last Super Bowl?

    Personally, I think Brady would at least like to make it to one last Super Bowl before he retires. I’m thinking he’ll return for one more season and give it his all. Time will tell. Hit up me online and let me know what you think!

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