Tom Brady admits he can see the end coming

Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to get Tom Brady to admit the end really may be near.

In an interview set to air Sunday night on Winfrey’s OWN network, the five-time Super Bowl champion and reigning NFL MVP said he now thinks about retirement more than he ever has.

“I think about it more now than I used to,” Brady said. “I think I’m seeing that there’s definitely an end coming sooner rather than later.”

That attitude represents an about-face for the 40-year-old superstar, who previously said he would like to play into his late 40s or as long as he is playing at a “championship level.”

It appears the culprit forcing Brady to stare down his football mortality is family life. The future Hall of Famer has two children with supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen and another with actress Bridget Moynahan, and he said his desire to be there for them has become a priority.

“I think what I’ve alluded to a lot in the [“Tom vs. Time”] docuseries was there’s other things happening in my life, too,” Brady said. “I do have [three] kids that I love, and 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.’ ”

That same perspective helped him get over his Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, with Brady telling Winfrey it gave him an opportunity to teach his children no one wins all the time.

Though even when he loses, Brady somehow finds a way to turn it into a win.

While serving his Deflategate suspension at the start of the 2016 season, Brady snuck in some family time and finally took his wife of nine years on a dream honeymoon.

“I just said, ‘You know what, I’m going to use this as an opportunity,’ ” Brady said. “I had the month of September off for the first time in 21 years, and I’m going to take advantage of this.

“The first thing I did, my wife and I and our kids, we flew out to see my parents. My mom was just starting treatment for cancer, and I said, ‘We’re going golfing and we’re going to Pebble Beach.’ We never went on a honeymoon, my wife and I, so we said, ‘Look we’re going to go to Italy in September.’ So I said, ‘Man, that was the best month off I think I’ve ever had.’ ”

Winfrey also touched on the controversy surrounding Brady’s relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a firestorm ignited by a lightning-rod ESPN article that came out during the 2017 season and suggested the two men were on the outs. As he did at the time, Brady denied there were any ill feelings between him and his coach.

“I mean, I love him,” Brady said. “I love that he’s an incredible coach, mentor for me, and he’s pushed me in a lot of ways. Like everything, we don’t agree on absolutely everything, but that’s relationships.”

That article reported one of the primary sources of tension between the men was Belichick’s desire to groom his next franchise quarterback and Brady’s desire to play ostensibly forever while not going out of his way to help a potential successor.

But if Brady’s family life keeps going this well, Belichick might not have to worry about it much longer. Ever the competitor, though, Brady still talks like he can’t imagine a future off the field.

“I am what I am,” Brady said. “I know my strengths. I’ve improved on some of the weaknesses. And I still think I want to go out there and compete and play with a bunch of 22-year-olds. It’s still a lot of fun.”

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