Jay Feely tells Sports Illustrated he told longtime friend Tom Brady to "play as long as you can"

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Last spring, Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady’s wife and supermodel, tried to get retired kicker and family friend Jay Feely to convince Tom Brady to retire but decided not to confront the New England Patriots quarterback about his future, according to Greg Bishop’s feature in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.


It has been no secret that Gisele has wanted Brady to retire. Brady will turn 41 in August. After last year’s Super Bowl victory over the Falcons, Brady told Jim Miller’s Sirius XM NFL Radio show that “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.”

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In May, she was asked whether she was trying to get Brady to retire on “CBS This Morning” and she said Brady suffered a concussion last season. Th NFL found no evidence of a concussion that season after reviewing all reports from “unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.”

Brady will play in his eighth Super Bowl when he faces the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

This article originally appeared on Si.com