New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady maintained his ongoing stance that he plans to keep playing football well into his 40s but acknowledged that an inevitable retirement is coming "sooner rather than later."
"I think about it more now than I used to," Brady, who turns 41 in August, told Oprah Winfrey of retiring in an interview that aired Sunday for Father's Day.
"I think I'm seeing there's definitely an end coming."
Brady said that while he'd play until he was 43 or 45 "as long as I'm still loving it," that he can feel his family life pulling him into another life chapter — one he's growing increasingly eager to enter.
The five-time Super Bowl champ and three-time NFL MVP has has three children, two with wife Gisele Bundchen and an older child with actress Bridget Moynahan.
"I do have kids that I love," Brady said, "and I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games. I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they're going to look back on their life and go, 'Dad didn't really care that much.'"
In the interview with Oprah, Brady also discussed his stance on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and called his time off for Deflategate "the best month off I think I've ever had" because it allowed him to spend time with his wife and family.