Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as its lead N.F.L. analyst when his football career is over.
Whenever that may be.
Brady, the seemingly ageless superstar quarterback, is fully intending to suit up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming season at age 45. But he will eventually retire — presumably — and when he does, the Fox job will be waiting for him.
Lachlan Murdoch, chief executive of Fox, made the announcement on the company’s earnings call on Tuesday. The play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt will be Brady’s partner.
“It will be a stellar and exciting television career,” Murdoch said, “but that’s up to him to make that choice when he sees fit.”
Brady tweeted that he was excited but had “a lot of unfinished business on the field with the Buccaneers.”
After 20 seasons and six Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots, Brady joined the Buccaneers for the 2020 season and promptly won another Super Bowl.
Even last season at age 44, he led the league in passing yards, touchdowns and pass completions. While he once said he hoped to play until age 45, now that that time has come he has been more vague about how long he might keep going.
Brady did announce his retirement after last season, but the decision didn’t take. He decided to come back a little more than a month later. “These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” Brady wrote.
When he does finally decide that his place is no longer on the field, it is the broadcast booth, not the stands, that will beckon.