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TAMPA, Florida – For the first time since ending his NFL retirement after 40 days, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that he felt pressured to end his retirement because of free agency and that his main reasons for his indecision stemmed from obligations to his family.
“At this point, it’s 55% yes and 45% no,” Brady said in a roundtable broadcast on TNT after Capital Ones The Match golf outing with Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. “It’s not 100-0. It’s just the reality. It’s not that I’m not 100% committed, it’s just as soon as I commit to doing it, it’s like that, ‘Uh. Okay, now we’re going to ‘. It’s like running a marathon. You can not two weeks before the marathon decide: “Hi, I have to start running.” We were given the right to act freely, and I felt pressure to do so and spoke with the team and the organization, and it all worked out. “
Brady was asked if he had been ready to retire.
“Partly, you know, yes,” said Brady, who turns 45 by August. “And I think when you are theirs [Mahomes’ and Allen’s] age if you were to ask me, ‘Are you going to play football next year?’ I would say that there is a 100% chance that I will play. And I think as I get older, that has changed because I have other responsibilities.
“So the responsibility is that a lot of people take care of me and things I have off the field that are really important to me as my family, my children; my wife has done a great job with that. It’s a great commitment. from her so it’s harder when you get older I do not think they even know what’s coming Aaron [Rodgers] know these things, because your life is getting bigger, as we all do, our lives are getting fuller – there is more responsibility. “
Brady is under contract with the Buccaneers through the 2022 season, after which he will become an unlimited free agent. He has not talked about his future after the 2022 season.