Robin Marchant/Getty; Randy Holmes via Getty Tom Brady and Peyton Manning
"Next year, acceptance speeches will probably shrink to four minutes," Manning told the crowd, which included Brady, 44.
"Speaking of rivals, my good friend Tom Brady is here tonight, and by the time he is inducted, in his first year of eligibility in the year 2035, he'll only have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account," Manning quipped.
— NFL (@NFL) August 9, 2021
Current rules stipulate that players only become eligible for induction five years after their retirement. So with Manning's timeframe, Brady would still be playing in 2030 — by which point he would be in his 50s.
Although Brady is currently the oldest active player in the NFL, he still has a few years before surpassing George Blanda's retirement age. The late quarterback kept playing until he was 48, making him the oldest player to compete in the NFL, according to CBS Sports.
As for when Brady plans on hanging up his cleats, the quarterback recently said that his family is a big factor in his plans.
During an episode of SiriusXM Town Hall last month, Brady said that he wants to play until he's 45 years old before evaluating retirement. "Things change as you get older and there's a lot of different responsibilities I have in my life," he said.
"My kids and my family is certainly very important and they made a lot of sacrifice over a long period of time to watch me play. So, you know, I owe it to them, too," Brady added.
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The NFL veteran was drafted in 2000 and spent 19 years with the New England Patriots before making his Buccaneers debut in 2020.
"I play because I love the game. I play because I love to compete," Brady continued. "We shouldn't stop our life, even though we love something because it's just, someone puts an arbitrary timeline on that."
"And I felt for a long time, I could play until I was 45 years old. I think I committed to say, 'Hey, I'm going to play till I'm 45.' And this year I'll be 44, which naturally takes me to the next year," he said. "I've got a two-year contract. We'll see what happens beyond that."