By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
I just saw a note that said that American football quarterback Tom Brady is not planning to retire if he wins another Super Bowl.
He is 43 years old and wants to play until 45!
That’s amazing and a reminder of Nolan Ryan, who was 46 when he retired in 1993. (By the way, he was 44 when he pitched his seventh no-hitter.)
Frankly, I hope everyone at the NFL office is cheering for Brady to hang around a bit longer. He may be the man who saves the NFL from its own stupidity.
I don’t know if the players or owners knew they’d be canceling the 1994 World Series and risking the 1995 season as well.
The season came back in 1995, but the fans didn’t.
It took a while for fans to buy tickets and watch baseball. Many were wondering if baseball would ever come back.
Enter Ripken, who took over the front pages with his consecutive game streak. He finally caught Lou Gehrig and passed him in September.
Looking back, Ripken became the face of baseball, and made the game great again, to borrow a popular phrase.
I believe that Tom Brady has the same potential as Ripken.
Brady connects with traditional fans, and that’s exactly what the NFL needs.
So stick around, Brady. The NFL needs you more than ever.
SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.
…Feb. 3, 2021