Brady, now 45, has had a tumultuous season, retiring in February only to later reverse that decision. In the middle of August training camp, Brady took an 11-day leave of absence to “deal with personal things,” according to his head coach, Todd Bowles.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion, in his regularly scheduled ‘Let’s Go!’ Speaking on the Tuesday podcast with co-host Jim Grey, he said he is “feeling more than things of the past for some reason” as he competes in his 23rd NFL season.
“I’m really feeling my emotions intensely,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Gray. “And I guess I always have that, but I feel like when you get closer to the end — and I don’t know where I am with that, but there’s no judgment to be made, it’s not like that.” I have 10 years left, I definitely don’t have that.
“All this, I’m never one to take lightly. The only time it slapped me in the face to say: ‘Don’t get it’ was when I injured my knee. And after that, I came back And said: ‘It’s great to win. I love to win and I hate to lose, and I still do, but if you lose and you get off the ground healthy, there’s something to be gained from it. ‘ The thing is, if you get injured and you can’t be with your team, it really becomes mentally challenging and emotionally challenging.”
Although Brady said that “life is simpler when you’re in football season because there’s a rhythm to it,” he described waking up the day after the win on Monday morning with a bruise and cut on his arm. “Holy s**t, there were some hits,” he said.
“And you go: ‘Okay, how long do I want to make this commitment?’ And I’ve clearly made a commitment for this year and all these different aspects in the game are constantly being evaluated.”
Brady outlined how he now has “no margin of error” as a 45-year-old quarterback compared to those 20 years his junior in terms of his physical preparation and recovery.
When Gray asked why he would consider retiring if he was still performing at a high level, Brady noted the effect of age on his priorities.
“When I was 25, there was the simplicity of 25 years of life,” Brady said.
“And I think when you’re 45, and you have a lot of other commitments and obligations that are very important to you — namely kids growing up and things, I haven’t had Christmas in 23 years. And I haven’t given thanks in 23 years, I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people I care about who are born from August to the end of January. And I can’t attend funerals and I can’t be I am getting married
“I think there comes a point in your life where you say: ‘You know what? I have my sustenance and that’s enough more time to move on to other parts of life.’ “
“It’s a very violent sport, and I have kids and I would like them to be more present,” Bundchen said. “I’ve certainly had time-and-again conversations with them. But ultimately, I think everyone has to make a decision that works.” [them], He too needs to follow his own happiness.”
He said: “I have done my part, which is [to] be there for [Tom], I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my kids to grow up in and support them and their dreams. Seeing my kids succeed and the beautiful little humans they become, seeing them succeed, and be fulfilled in their careers – it makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job on it.”
The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.