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Tom Brady said on his podcast that he is “still in the process” and has not decided when to announce his plans on whether to play or retire.
“Sometimes it takes some time to really evaluate how you feel and what you want to do,” Brady said in the latest episode of his “Let’s Go!” podcast featuring Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray, released Monday. “I think when the time comes, I will be ready to make a decision one way or another, like I said last week.”
Asked if he has a timeline, Brady said, “I do not know. I know when the time is right. As I have always said, I am very blessed to play as long as I have. As things have done. It’s gone on in the later parts of my career … there’s a lot of interest in when I stop playing. I understand it. When I know, I know. When I do not know, I know I know I do not want to run to that conclusion. “
ESPN, citing sources, reported Saturday that Brady would retire from the NFL. Sources told ESPN that Brady knew that the NFC’s divisional playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams was likely to be his last, and that he had subsequently spent time preparing for an announcement. ESPN also reported that it was unknown when Brady would formalize his plans to retire, but that he would not do so to upgrade NFL’s off-season games, including the Super Bowl.
Don Yee, his agent, said in a statement sent out to media members on Saturday: “I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future. Without going into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what is being reported, Tom will be the only person to “he knows his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the reality of the football industry and the planning calendar as well as anyone, so it should be soon.”
ESPN also reported that Buccaneer’s executives and coaches have been preparing for Brady’s retirement.
Also on “Let’s Go!” podcast, Brady was asked if he was surprised by reports and said, “It’s always a good line that I’m responsible for what I say and do, and not responsible for what others say or do. I think one thing I have learned about sports is that you control what you can control and what you can not, you leave to others.understand that this is the environment we are in. But I think, for me, “It’s literally day to day for me. A great decision for me and my family.”
Asked if he felt anything exceeded the limits, he added: “No … It’s not up to me to control those things. There were some very important matches going on over the weekend and I know how hard those players work for to prepare for it.I was actually a little bit disappointed that it would … play a part in what’s going on in NFL football, which for me has been such an amazing sport.Focus should be on the amazing “I tried to enjoy a nice weekend. It did not turn out that way, because my phone was really busy, but it’s just part of being in the situation I’m in.”
Brady said he enjoys “decompressing” after the season, though he wished he was still playing.