ESPN shared a statement Brady made to Oprah Winfrey about how he’s contemplating wrapping his NFL career now more than he has in the past and thinks he’s seeing that there’s definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.
In the comments section of the post, Brady wrote Cuarenta y cinco, which translates from Spanish to 45.
This wouldn’t be the first time Brady threw out age 45 as the point at which he’ll seriously consider hanging up his cleats for good.
After a decent rookie season, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft saw his level of play go off a cliff. And that was only half of it. Apple feuded with coaches and teammates so much that, per ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan, safety Landon Collins called him a cancer.
Apple, who attributed his behavior to family problems, told Raanan that he’s no longer the same player or person.
Because obviously there was stuff that happened, he said. I want to continue to work on myself, communicate better, not let certain stuff get to me. Continue to strive and get better every day.
However, with a new offensive line coach in town in Frank Pollack, there have been some signs of improvement from Ogbuehi. Geoff Hobson of the team’s website went so far as to single out the 6’5, 310-pounder as enjoying a revival under the new coach.
Of course, minicamps and OTAs are a time of year when most reports are glowing. It’s hard to judge how well linemen are playing when they aren’t even really hitting one another. And with Cordy Glenn on the left side and Jake Fisher on the right, Ogbuehi appears slated to be the team’s swing tackle.
But if he wants more than just short-term prove-it deals in Cincinnati or elsewhere, he’s going to need quite the rebound year in 2018.
Because right now, Ogbuehi’s a bust and then some.
No NFL general manager wants to watch a first-round pick fall flat. And yet for all the players here, that’s exactly what has happened. In their NFL careers, each has failed to stay healthy and/or failed to perform.