Oprah Winfrey was able to disarm the normally reserved Tom Brady.
Tom Brady turns 41 this August, but that didn't stop him from racking up an MVP performance last season, and an appearance in the Super Bowl, albeit in a losing effort. The certain NFL Hall-of-Famer sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview that will air tonight. He told Oprah he is interested in prolonging his career but admittedly he often thinks about closure: "I think about it more now than I used to. I think I'm seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later."
Asked to estimate at what age he saw his career coming to a close, Brady says he won't quit "As long as (he's) still loving it." That includes not only in-game situations, but training, preparation and all the commitments that come with it. Of course a big part of that decision is informed by his commitment to his family. Brady told Oprah he cared more about how his kids perceived as a father, than how critics viewed his legacy on the sport.
"I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games. I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they're going to look back on their life and go, 'Dad didn't really care that much.'"
Later in the interview, Brady admitted that his focus on parenthood helped him recover from the disappointment of his most recent playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, much in the way the Deflategate controversy taught him how to pick and choose his allies. The interview is part of Oprah's
SuperSoul Sunday program on her network OWN.