NFL: Patriots star Tom Brady's wife urged him to retire after Super Bowl comeback win

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51.
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - If Gisele Bundchen had her way, Tom Brady would have called it a career after winning his record fifth Super Bowl championship on Sunday.

The Patriots quarterback told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Bundchen, his wife of eight years, pleaded with him to retire after leading New England to a come-from-behind, 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

"If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that (Sunday) night three times," the 39-year-old Brady said Monday in the interview.

"And I said, 'Too bad, babe, I'm having too much fun right now.'"

Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit en route to winning his record fourth Super Bowl MVP Award.

 
 

The quarterback turns 40 in August and has said he would like to play until he is 45.

Brady missed the first four games of the 2016 season because of his Deflategate suspension, but still threw for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

His touchdown-to-interception ratio is the best in National Football League history. Brady finished second in the NFL Most Valuable Player race behind Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

"You know, I feel like I can still do it," Brady added. "If you love what you do and you're capable of doing it, then I might be so bored if I wasn't going out there knowing that I could still do it.

"So I'm going to work hard to be ready to go, and I still plan on playing for a long time."