When Will Tom Brady Retire? 'Zero Chance' SB LIII Will Be Patriots QB's Last Game

Tom Brady will be six months short of his 42nd birthday by the time he lines up against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday but he has no intention to retire, regardless of the outcome.

The New England Patriots quarterback will be making his ninth Super Bowl appearance on Sunday—more than all the others NFL franchises bar the Patriots have done in their history—and some suggested he could seize the opportunity to bow out on a high.

However, the five-time Super Bowl champion was eager to quash speculations of retirement, insisting there is "zero" chance of him quitting football, irrespective of whether the Patriots add a sixth ring to their collection in Atlanta on Sunday.

"I've said that for a long time," Brady said during an interview with ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

"I feel like I'm asked that a lot, and I feel like I repeat the same answer. But no one believes me."

The four-time Super Bowl MVP has repeatedly stated he intends to play until he's 45, but admitted the goal was hard to reach.

"I've set a goal for myself at 45," he explained.

"Like I've said before, it's very hard to make it that far. I know how hard it was this year and the commitment it takes, and hopefully I've learned from some of the things that happened this year to be better next year. But every year is tough. "

Brady and the Patriots were far from their mercurial best during the regular season. The 41-year-old threw for 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, respectively the lowest number of touchdowns and the highest number of interceptions since the 2013 season.

Meanwhile, his 97.7 passer rating was the lowest since 2014. So far in the playoffs, however, both Brady and the Patriots have rediscovered their form of old.

New England thrashed the Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional round, before becoming the first team in five seasons to win the AFC Championship Game on the road.

In the win over Kansas City, Brady engineered a 75-yard winning drive in overtime, despite facing a third-and-10 play three times.

While he might not be at the peak of his power, the three-time MVP remains very close to it and insisted he will retire on his own terms.

"I'm gonna know when the time is right," he explained.

"I'm gonna feel like, 'OK, I've had enough.' I don't quite feel like that yet. I feel like I've still made a lot of improvements, and I still feel like I can continue to do it at a championship level.

"And I think that's where I was at before, and that's still where I'm at now."

Should the Patriots beat the Rams on Sunday, Brady will become the first player in NFL history to win six rings. That would make him more successful than any other NFL franchise, with the exception of the Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20 in Kansas City, Missouri. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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