'Selfishly I Didn't Want Him To Retire Because I Love Covering The GOAT': Erin Andrews On Tom Brady's Retirement

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Tom Brady's retirement left a huge void around the NFL. He dominated the league for two decades straight and put together an unmatchable résumé.

Seven Super Bowl rings, dozens of records, and countless epic moments in which he left fans and rivals in awe alike. Brady's story of beating the odds and becoming the stalwart name in all of football is simply incredible.

That's why even his colleagues and people from the media were so sad to hear the news of his retirement, including Erin Andrews.

Andrews Says Troy Aikman Thinks Brady Is The GOAT

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Andrews, who has never hidden her admiration for Brady, recently claimed that even though she doesn't 'analyze' the game, the fact that people like Troy Aikman also think Brady is the GOAT validates her thoughts on him:

"I always leave kind of the analyzing of players to somebody like a Troy Aikman or guys that have actually played," Andrews said, per PopCutlure. "And when you hear Troy Aikman say he's the greatest player of all time, that kind of validates it for me. Troy played the position. Troy won three Super Bowls. I work with him and I hear who he likes, who he doesn't like, who he thinks has made their mark in the NFL. And Troy says it, and look, you would imagine he'd be pretty hard on quarterbacks being a successful one that he was, but he's like, 'I truly believe he's the greatest of all time.'

Andrews Wants To Cover The GOAT

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The sideline reporter admits that she was selfish in her desire to keep watching Brady play. Even so, the excitement that comes with covering the greatest of all time is something she can't shy away from:

"That's why selfishly I didn't want him to retire because I love covering the GOAT," Andrews added. "And like I've said multiple times, this is my version of Michael Jordan. I didn't get a chance to cover that. I was just a kid on a couch screaming for him even though he was beating up on my Boston Celtics. It was some of the coolest times in my career."

She Was 'Bummed Out' Over Brady's Retirement

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Needless to say, getting to know and work with one of the best athletes of all time is why most people get into that business in the first place:

"Listen, it's pretty badass when you're on a Friday, you get on a conference call with Tom Brady and he's breaking down the season with you," she concluded. "You're like, 'Holy crap. This is my job.' That's why selfishly I'm really bummed out."

Never Say Never

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Still, maybe Andrews shouldn't jump to conclusions and just wait and see. Even Brady claimed that you can 'never say never' when it comes to a potential comeback:

"I'm just going to take things as they come. I think that's the best way to put it, and I don't think anything, you know, you never say never," Brady said on his "Let's Go!" podcast. "At the same time, I know that ... I feel very good about my decision. I don't know how I'll feel six months from now."

So, maybe... who knows?