Tom Brady will decide when to hang it up, according to Jonathan Kraft

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Loyalty in sports can be a touchy subject. It seems like it's more of a fan thing than anything else, but there have been instances of teams who let legendary players go out on their own terms.

By all accounts, that will be the case whenever Tom Brady decides to retire. In an interview with Andrea Kremer, Jonathan Kraft said Brady will make the decision when he is ready.

Brady's retirement has been a hot-button topic in New England for a while. But the Jimmy Garoppolo trade in October put a brief stop to it, as it was and still is clear that Brady is in the Patriots' plans for at least the next few years.

At 40 years old, Brady is gearing up to play in a record eighth Super Bowl with a chance to win his sixth. If he wins, he should be in the conversation as one of the greatest athletes in competitive sports history, if he isn't in it already.

Brady will also likely win his third regular season MVP award after throwing for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. At this rate, why would he want to retire? That's something he'd really like to know.

"Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I'm having fun, the team is doing good," he later told reporters. "I know I'm a little bit older than most of the guys, but I'm really enjoying it. I obviously enjoy the experience of playing in this game. This has been obviously a dream come true, many times over. We had a good practice today and we're going to need a couple more good ones. We are playing against a good football team so I'm not thinking about retirement. I'm thinking about the Super Bowl and trying to win the most important game of the year and it's going to take a lot to do it.

"I always wanted to play into my mid 40's, so we will see. Football is such a physical sport and every game could be your last game, it's the reality of the sport so I'd love to plan for those things. I try to work hard at the things I need to for my body to feel good week after week and year after year. I've got a good routine that has really worked for me especially the last 10-12 years. As long as I feel like I'm willing to make the commitment to do those things then I feel like my body will allow me to do that. So that's what my goals are."

Pats by a million.

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