Patriots great Tom Brady hints he may be retiring at age 45

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks toward the field to warm up. (Winslow Townson/AP)

New England Patriots quarterback great Tom Brady may have just hinted at when he will retire.

Playfully responding to an ESPN Instagram post from a couple days ago about when the Patriots pivot would call it a career on Tuesday, Brady made the comment “Cuarenta y cinco,” which translates to “45” in English from Spanish.

The original ESPN Instagram post is in response to an interview Brady did with Oprah Winfrey Sunday, when the talk show host levied the idea of him hanging his cleats up at age 43-45.

And now it would appear Brady’s cheeky comment may have confirmed a definitive timeline.

Brady will turn 41 in August meaning, if this in fact is indicative of his actual thinking, he will be looking to retire four years from now after the 2021 NFL season.

A winner of five Super Bowls, after capturing his fifth championship last season, Brady told Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop that he was planning on playing until he was 45 and wouldn’t rule out playing until he was 50.

For now, 45 appears to be the number, and we’ll have to wait and see if 50 could be a reality when we get there.

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