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  1. Pats_AZ

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    Just for fun....what players do you think will retire (be lifers) a Patriot?

    I would have to say Bruschi, Vrabel, Brady, Brown and Seymor off the top of my head.....who else?
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    Hopefully #81
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    Vrabel was not originally a Patriot.
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    I know...i guess i should have said "retire or be a lifer"...or maybe i should have just said retire...man waiting for Sunday is making me stupid.
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    I would bet that Light, Mankins, and Koppen all retire Pats, as well as the front 3 on defense. Our front office knows the importance of the trenches.
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    On this note, put a little twist...Who do you think will return as asst. coaches?
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    Well, it don't grow on a rolling stone.
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    Chris Hanson for sure
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    I don't think Seymour will. Just a hunch.
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    I think its impossible to forecast this. Simply because, at the end of a player's career, he might not have a spot on the team, but he might still be willing to play elsewhere.

    Its not just about a player's desire to end their career with the team, and a team's desire to 'honor' the player.

    For instance, if Troy Brown wants to play next year; the only way he does might be on another team.
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    Assuming "lifer" means Patriot for entire career:

    Tom Brady
    Troy Brown
    Tedy Bruschi
    Kevin Faulk
    Stephen Gostkowski
    Ellis Hobbs
    Matt Light
    Lonie Paxton
    Benjamin Watson

    These are just wild guesses for the most part
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    I could envision the following players retiring after this season with another Super Bowl Championship:

    Tedy Bruschi
    Junior Seau
    Rodney Harrison
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    Brady leaves after his contract and plays 1-2 seasons with the 9ers. I've always believed that! It will happen!
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    Brady will retire a 49er at about the age of 36 or so,I agree with the poster above,Playing for the 49ers I am sure is a secret of Brady since he attended so many niners games and idolized Montana,There has got to still be some love for that team in his heart.
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    Adam Vinatieri for sure.
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    Agreed. I dont think Seymour will retire here.

    Brady
    Bruschi
    Brown
    Light
    Faulk

    Those are the first players who come to mind for me.
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    That is hands down the most important aspect of the game and that has been the main constant on the Patriots team this decade. Light, Mankins Copper, Warren, Wilfork and Seymour seem like they've been there forever.
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    Do you think he'll be in any way effective at that point?
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    Why not!
    Look at Farve, Elway, even Young. They were pretty productive at that age.
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    as long as TB gets another ring and maybe one for the thumb before his contract is up, i won't care. but, i do believe that he will take a big contract somewhere else when this one expires. i think it will either be with a team that is underperforming economically in its local market or a team that is having trouble putting fannies in seats, for whom a silly salary for brady would be worth it. i don't see him going to SF, or anywhere, as a backup. i also don't think he'll wait for his skills to decline before he retires. he'll retire a starter on top of his game.
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    Re: Who retires a Patriots?

    Most likely none. Today's players make far more relatively speaking than their predicessors. They're set for life. If you read Pepper Johnson's book you'll realize that the Pats assistant coaches work from 7AM to 11PM, no weekends off with the family. Not many financially secure guys will decide to give up their personal life for that. You have to have football as a passion. Rodney Harrison loves football and has wisely set his sights on becomming a ref, post his playing career.
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    Brady is currently signed through 2010, at which time he will be 33. I expect he will sign at least one more contract extension with the Pats which would keep him on the team for another 4 or more years after that. Then he'll retire. I don't see him going to the 49ers at all, any more than I see Bret Favre or Peyton Manning playing for the Saints.
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    If the Pats win 2 more SB's, maybe even one more, I see him moving on to prove he is not a product of the coach, team. I don't want to happen, actually the though of it makes me ill, but I can see it happening.
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    If he wins 2 more Super Bowls he will have absolutely nothing left to prove, especially if he continues to put up numbers and breaks the TD record this season. He will go down in history as the greatest quarterback of all time.
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    Are people even making the system argument anymore? I mean, he's played for so many different coordinators... and that system has CHANGED a couple of times. In fact, the system they run now seems like a hybrid of 3 or 4 different systems. I think you could make the argument he's played in more systems than some guys.

    Maybe that's not the popular take on this?
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    i thought about that a little, but i think Brady embraces the fact that the Pats are "his" team. I think tere is something to be said for starting, writing and finishing his own legend. just my opinion.
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    I agree, and this is the by far the best response on this thread.

    Its a forgotten fact that a player's loyalty to a team is now a thing of the past. Heck, I thought Willie McGinest would retire a Patriot... look where he's at now.

    Given at this point, I would say Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown are the only home-grown Patriots to very probably retire here... likely at the end of this year.

    I do hope Brady retires a Patriot also, but there are no promises. A QB like any other football player has that mentality that they can still play in this league forever. If years from now when Brady's skills have declined and the Pats show him the door, there will be another team like the 49ers will pick him up in a heartbeat... and when that team finds out that Brady is indeed done, that will be his last season in the NFL.
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