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TAMPA, Fla. – Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady indicated on Monday that the family will play a significant role in deciding whether he will return next season. He also said that if this was it, he could go “proud and satisfied,” even though the Bucs lost 30-27 when they were eliminated in the division round in the playoffs Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams.
“I think as I get older, I think the best thing is that football is extremely important in my life, and it means a lot to me, and I worry a lot about what we’re trying to achieve. as a team. and I like a lot of my teammates, “Brady said on his” Let’s Go! ” podcast with Jim Gray. “The biggest difference now that I’m older is that I also have children now, you know, and I like them a lot too. They’ve been my biggest supporters. My wife is my biggest supporter. It hurts her to see me get hit out there.And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband and my kids deserve what they need from me as a father.
“I want to spend some time with them and give them what they need, because they have really given me what I need for the last six months to do what I love to do. I said it for a couple of years ago, that’s what relationships are about. It’s not always what I want. That’s what we want as a family. And I want to spend a lot of time with them and find out in the future what’s next. . “
Brady has three children. His eldest, Jack, is 14 years old and lives with his mother, actress Bridget Moynahan, in New York, and Brady sees him as much as he can. Brady’s son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian, 9, live with him and his wife, supermodel and philanthropist Gisele Bundchen.
While Brady expressed disappointment at being eliminated from the off-season, he said it meant he had to eat waffles with his kids Monday morning, something he cannot do during the season.
He said there was no urgency in making a decision about his future, and coach Bruce Arians said Monday that no schedule has been set. The team expressed a strong desire for Brady to return, but has urged him to take all the time he needs and will look at contingency plans if he decides not to return.
Some have questioned how Brady could consider going away after a loss. He has won seven Super Bowl rings and owns a record of 243-73 in the regular season and a record of 35-12 in the off-season. And because of his competitiveness, he said, he felt he could not handle everything on Sunday if it was his last fight.
“I want to say I’m proud and happy with everything we’ve achieved this year, so I know when I give it my all, it’s something to be proud of,” Brady said. “And I’ve literally given everything I had this year, last year, the year before that, the year before that. Like, I’m not leaving anything half, you know? I think I’re leaving it with everything I did. My physical being, I work really hard at it. I feel like I’re giving everything I can to my teammates. Even though it’s shared attention as you get older because there are different priorities and responsibilities in life. And you know, I have things that happen outside of football that require some time and energy.
“Every year I just have to make sure I have the ability to commit to what the team really needs and that’s really important to me. The team deserves nothing less than my best. And if I feel like I’m is not committed to it or I can not play at championship level then you have to give another chance to play. And you know we’ll see. There’s a long time from now to the start of the next football season I really have to find out those things, which is probably natural for anyone. And at the same time I would say we never know what will happen in the future. We really do not. I mean, Kobe Bryant, a friend of ours, God rest his soul. You think you will live forever. We do not. We think we will play forever. We do not. What can we do? We can enjoy the moments, we have.
“As challenging as the season was, I was happy that I played and happy that I participated because I live my life and I do not just count the days. So my days are meaningful to me. I will try to keep them meaningful to me.And you know, in the meantime I will do the best I can to enjoy, you know, the time I have not played football.Because it is just as important.To play football, I will be so much happy I love it. But not playing football, it’s also a lot of joy for me now that my kids are getting older and watching them develop and grow. So all these things need to be considered and they will be. And you know “The fun part is always that most guys retire and then move to Florida. I’m already in Florida. So it’s really confusing, even for me.”
Brady also said he did not want a farewell tour with all the fanfare that accompanies it. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was recognized by fans and players when this past season ended, and even took one last lap around Heinz Field. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he did not want one either, though many believed there was a good chance 2021 could have been his last season, at least with the Packers.
“I think it would be distracting for me … My enjoyment comes from not a recognition of the kind I have achieved as a player in the league – my enjoyment comes from the competition,” said Brady. “More than anything, even yesterday, I thought about competing. I thought about, all this year, about competing. I did not think about anything but that.
“So when it’s time to think about post-career and other careers, I want to think about those things. It’s just when you’re 44, I suppose you’re asked a lot about it. And a lot of people thought that I finished playing football in 2015. A lot of people in 2016 said, ‘You’re done.’ A lot of people in 2018, and when I left the Patriots, they said, ‘You’re done.’ “
Instead, Brady signed with the Bucs in 2020, taking them to the offseason for the first time in 13 years and leading the franchise to its second Super Bowl 18 years after the first. However, the Bucs fell short this season as Brady’s team failed to advance in the division round for just the fourth time in his career.