Tom Brady hints he will play until 45 on ESPN Instagram post

Tom Brady may have given everyone a pump fake on his retirement speculation.

The Patriots quarterback, who turns 41 on Aug. 3, said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday that “I think about it more than I used to. I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.”

Yet on an ESPN Instagram post that featured the quote, Brady commented, “cuarenta y cinco,” which is the number 45 in Spanish, accompanied with three monkey emojis.

The comments suggests he wants to play until 45, which he has said in the past, and seems to be Brady trying to quell the fire he fueled when he said retirement was “sooner rather than later.”

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives on the field for Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is framed through teammates as he pauses during warmups at Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives on the field for Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, wears gloves as he hands off a pass during Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fires a long pass under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, rear right, during Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a talk with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during a passing drill at Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, walks on the field during a passing drill at Patriots minicamp as head coach Bill Belichick stands at foreground left at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, and teammate Julian Edelman walk to another field to throw passes after practice during Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 5, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, Mass., on June 7, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 6: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, center, runs with teammates during Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 6, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Yet in his interview with Winfrey, he was asked if he would retire at 43 or 45 but the Patriots quarterback did not give a straight answer.

“As long as I'm still loving it. As long as I'm loving the preparation, the training, I'm willing to make the commitment,” he said. “I think what I alluded to a lot in the [‘Tom vs. Time’] docuseries was there's other things happening in my life, too. I do have kids that I love, and I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games.”

Brady has two years remaining on his contract and is coming off a season in which the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Eagles.

Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns in the game, so he certainly has not shown any signs of slowing down.

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HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds his daughter, Vivian, on the podium as he waits to speak following winning Super Bowl LI. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb 5, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and his daughter Vivian Brady hug after the game against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. The Patriots won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with his son Benjamin during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates winning Super Bowl LI with his son. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at NGR Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and his son celebrate with the Lombardi trophy after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) embraces his son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, after today's joint practice with the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots held a dual practice with the Chicago Bears during Patriots training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 17, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) with his son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, after today's joint practice with the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots held a dual practice with the Chicago Bears during Patriots training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 17, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Tom Brady and kids are seen out in Manhattan on April 28, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Tom Brady step out of his NYC apartment on May 15, 2016 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots kisses his son Benjamin during a Super Bowl victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates defeating the Seattle Seahawks with his wife Gisele Bundchen and son Benjamin during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Tom Brady is seen leaving DeSano Pizza with his son Benjamin Rein Bundchen Brady on February 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Pixplus/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Tom Brady is seen at a local playground with his son, Benjamin Brady, and dog Lua on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Tom Brady is seen at a local playground with his son, Benjamin Brady, and dog Lua on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 07: Tom Brady and sons John Moynahan and Benjamin Brady are seen on December 07, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 8: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady carries his son Benjamin off the practice field at the end of today's practice with the New Orleans Saints during training camp. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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