New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has dismissed suggestions that he might retire after Sunday night’s Super Bowl.
The 40-year-old was bidding to win his sixth championship in Minneapolis but his side suffered defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in the freezing conditions.
In the wake of speculation that he may call it a day after the game, Brady insisted that he expects to be back next season in order to claim that record-breaking number six:
“I expect to be back. It’s 15 minutes after the game ended, so I would like to process this. I don’t see why I wouldn’t be back.
“I certainly hope so.”
On the Patriots’ 41-33 defeat to the Eagles, Brady said that failure to get enough points on the board was a key factor in the loss. Bill Belichik’s side claimed just three points in the opening quarter and although that improved as the game wore on, particularly in the strong third quarter, the Eagles’ consistency in getting points on there board throughout paid dividends:
“First half, we had a lot of yards but just didn’t have a lot of points. That came back to bite us in the end.”
Having lost the the New York Giants in both 2008 and 2012, Brady will at least be familiar with the feeling of losing a Super Bowl game, but his five previous successes will make him no less determined to come back and win that trophy back next year.