Tom Brady on Kobe Bryant's Retirement: "The Game Will Miss Him"

The New England Patriots star quarterback gives THR his take on the big news.
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Tom Brady loves Kobe Bryant.

The latter athlete announced on Nov. 30 that he would be retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the current season, bringing an end to a 20-year-long career. And The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the former, New England Patriots quarterback Brady, in Boston where he was helping UGG kick off a new campaign (#DoNothing).

Brady confessed his affections for Bryant's legendary career, calling the shooting guard "exceptional" and offering his perspective on the retirement news. 

“Football is so important in my life and I make a big commitment year round to try and be the best I can be for my teammates when it really matters and he's one of the those guys too. You can see how much he loves the game and how infectious his spirit is and I think that's what I've always appreciated about him — there's no off time for him," Brady says.

That said, there's no off-time for youth, either. “Like all things, there’s a younger generation coming along, but the game will miss him," Brady explains. "It's sad to see him go because he was so spectacular."