TOM BRADY might quit NFL during the season in an unprecedented move, a former quarterback has said.
The 45-year-old has taken time off for personal issues amid rumors he is getting a divorce from Gisele Bundchen.
And Brady has also struggled on the field with Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-3 so far.
Chris Simms, who was a quarterback for several teams during his eight-season NFL career, thinks Brady could walk away from the game again given what he’s dealing with off the field.
Simms was speaking on NBC’s Pro Football Talk Live alongside Mike Florio on Tuesday.
The pair were debating whether Brady or Aaron Rodgers was more likely to walk away during the campaign.
Rodgers has been outspoken as his Packers have stuttered to a 3-3 record.
Florio asked Simms: “Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, chance of one of those guys tapping out and walking out during the season? Which of the two is more likely right now to do it?”
And Simms replied: “Normally I’d feel like it’s Rodgers that would be that guy.
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“But because of this year and some of the off-the-field stuff that’s hitting home and personal stuff with Brady, this is the one year I feel maybe it might be Brady.
“It seems like, and I don’t know this, that his wife is threatening divorce or going down that road by all due accounts of what you read.
“I think Rodgers is usually the guy to be more renegade and be like ‘screw this, I’m out of here.’
“But this is a weird year where we’re seeing Brady do weird crap and having personal issues.”
Florio added: “I have thought all along there’s a chance Brady checks out during the season and I still think that happens.”
Brady retired from the NFL for just over a month earlier this year.
Gisele was reportedly unhappy with his decision to return to playing.
And the power couple’s marriage is said to be going through a rough patch with Gisele living away from the Tampa family home.
Brady and Gisele both declined to comment on the speculation to Page Six.
Brady took an 11-day break before the season for personal, non-football issues.
Speaking on his Let’s Go podcast this week, he compared the NFL season to a military deployment.
Tom said: “I almost look at a football season like you’re going away on deployment for the military.
“And it’s like: ‘Man, here I go again.’ The reality is you can really only be authentic to yourself. Right?
“Whatever you may say: ‘Ah, man, I want to, you know, make sure I spend a little more time doing this during the season.’ The reality is when it comes down to it, your competitiveness takes over.
“And as much as you want to have this playful balance with the work balance, you’re going to end up doing exactly what you’ve always done, which is why you are who you are.”