Mark Wahlberg congratulates his friend Tom Brady on his long and successful career as the seven-time Super Bowl champion hangs up his cleats after 22 seasons in the NFL.
“Very happy for him,” Wahlberg, 50, told “People (the TV Show!)” Wednesday of Brady, 44.
“I think he’s done so much for football, certainly for New England, even for Tampa,” added the Boston native and hugely enthusiastic Beantown sports fan. “It’s good for him to go out on his own terms and enjoy the rest of his life. And many, many great things to come from him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t take on the world and become the GOAT to something else.”
Wahlberg has been busy promoting his upcoming movie, “Uncharted,” based on the legendary PlayStation exclusive video game of the same name.
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Wahlberg stars as Victor Sullivan alongside Tom Holland, who plays title hero Nathan Drake in the big-screen adaptation of the Treasure Hunt and Tomb Hunt.
Even with his busy schedule, Wahlberg told People he was just waiting for the right time to reconnect with Brady.
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“I haven’t contacted him yet. I don’t want to bother him. He’s a busy guy,” the ‘Joe Bell’ actor shared. “He has a lot to do, probably a lot to do with the family, but you know, at the right time, I will contact him.”
In Brady’s heartfelt announcement shared on social media on Tuesday, he cited wanting to spend more time with his family and create new challenges in his life away from the grill.
Brady, whose retirement news sent shockwaves through the sports world as it was reported before the 10-time Super Bowl contender could officially announce it himself, also lamented that he no longer wanted to go through the daily routine of others to be the best on Sunday.
“For now, it is best that I leave the playing field to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes,” Brady wrote.
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Brady, a California native who played college football at Michigan, was originally drafted by the New England Patriots with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, and spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the team, delivering six Super Bowls in nine appearances. .
The sixth-round pick has since started a production company called 199 Productions, a fitting nod to the meteoric rise of the greatest football player of all time, from a forgotten prospect to sports royalty and pop culture.
Brady would leave New England for the final two seasons of his illustrious career for the warm climate of Tampa, Florida – where he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in league history to win a Super Bowl in home stadium – a feat the Los Angeles Rams will attempt to face off on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
Meanwhile, ‘Spenser Confidential’ star Wahlberg says he doesn’t believe for a second that Brady won’t become a Patriot once the Pro Football Hall of Fame arrives – likely in Brady’s first year of eligibility in five years. .
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“He will always be a Patriot,” Wahlberg said. “I don’t think one season, one championship or two seasons in Tampa will take away the legacy and the mark he left on New England and the NFL as a whole. So he will always be a patriot. .”
“Uncharted” is set to hit theaters on February 18. Wahlberg told People he initially thought he would be cast as the charismatic, soft-spoken Drake.
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“I was attached to this movie for a while, in fact so long that I was originally playing the role of Tom Holland,” he explained.
“Playing alongside Tom was a lot of fun because he’s like an annoying little brother,” Wahlberg added. “I never had a little brother, so that was good!”