The Last Dance

Sounds like Tom Brady dropped a big hint about his football future at The Match

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Carmen Mandato

The Match VI is officially a wrap. On Wednesday night at Wynn Las Vegas, four of the finest quarterbacks to ever walk the earth squared off in an all-NFL edition of the golf’s biggest exhibition. When the dust settled, the trash talk quieted, and the side bets were tallied, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers—grizzled veterans of made-for-TV golf, among other things—outlasted their AFC counterparts to take the bragging rights back to Raymond James and Lambeau respectively.

Our own Christopher Powers was on the scene in Sin City to lose paper money and dodge a rogue shank or two. He broke down the full event here, and you should definitely read it. It’s great ... but it was also far from Powers’ only scoop of the evening. While walking the course, he overheard Brady and Mahomes having a conversation about an event Mahomes was hosting in Hawaii that Brady was unable to attend. The little chat went something like this:

Juicyyyy. Tom Brady’s future has been a primary source of NFL conjecture for about a decade now. In 2020, he finally paid off the scuttlebutt and speculation with a shocking move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Then he announced his retirement in February. Then he unretired. Then came rumors of a plan to install Brady as a front-office executive of the Miami Dolphins before transitioning him to quarterback. Then he signed a massive broadcasting deal with Fox. All of which left the NFL with no earthly idea, short of starting this fall under center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, what the future of Brady’s playing career might look like.

Now thanks to a celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas, we might finally have that answer, and that answer seems to be that this is it. This is The Last Dance 2.0. This will be the sunset Brady appeared to ride off into last year before before turning around and galloping back. Or not. Who knows. We’ve lived through the Brett Favre years. We know the only thing you can trust is to not trust a quarterback. But if this is really, truly the end, just remember you heard it from Golf Digest first.