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Helmets Off

Mar 13, 2018

Tom Brady has spent 19 years in the NFL and there are rumors that he's considering retirement.  Brady says it's not just going to be his decision.  He has a family with Gisele Bundchen and she's certainly a big part of the decision.  She's also probably hard to say no to.

An NFL career demands so much.  We've been able to learn how hard Tom Brady works to keep in NFL quarterback shape while entering his fourth decade of life.

Jerry Rice and Walter Payton both had legendary off season workout routines.  Tom subscribes to this same philosophy of making it as hard as possible for anyone to challenge him.

No one has ever had the amount of success Tom Brady has had in recent years.  How do you know when to walk away from that.

Scott played with Barry Sanders who also made a critical retirement decision.  He was within striking distance of the all time rushing record.  And he retired.  A lot of people didn't understand why he did that.  He was in his prime and walked away.

Most players struggle when they retire.  It's a terrible experience.  

Scott had a conversation with his son and shared his retirement experience.  Every season of life has an end.  For Scott, his football career ended after 12 years in the NFL.  For some it ends in high school or college.  Most people change jobs and careers multiple times in their life.  Things change.  

When Scott was leaving football, he really wanted to stay.  For two seasons, he worked out on his own hoping someone would sign him.  He had a throwing routine and he did it every day.  He was expecting a team to have an injury and need a good quarterback quickly.

It was brutal.  He would watch players sign and felt like he could do a better job.  So he kept working on it.  Early in the season of his third year, he was back at the park with his net set up and he suddenly had a powerful thought in his mind: "Scott, it's over.  Your career in the NFL is done."  It was shocking and painful he fell to the ground in despair.  He sat on the ground and sobbed.

Then the fear set in.  He was terrified because he didn't know anything else.  He had only ever been a football player.  It was his entire world.  And it was over.

He started to realize that he could do anything in his life except one thing: Football.  That changed things.  He started looking at the things he could do.  He considered medical school, he considered pursuing his favorite hobby of flying.  Then he got really excited.

Shortly after, he ran into a player that had already left the league.  That person predicted Scott would find out all about himself after football.  He'll find out who he really is.

Scott's advice for Tom Brady is this: Play until they drag you off the field.  Because you can never go back.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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