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For the first time we can think of, Tom Brady has taken a leave of absence from training camp for “family reasons.”
Throughout his NFL career, Tom Brady has been someone who mostly kept his thoughts to himself and revealed as little as possible to the media.
It has exposed him to criticism, whether fair or foul. What was surprising, however, was his decision to leave the Bucs during training camp for an extended period of at least ten days due to a “personal issue,” which NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported as most likely “family reasons.”
While that’s a bit surprising, that hasn’t stopped his teammates, including linebacker Devin White, from wishing him well.
Also, he’s earned the ability to step away for a while and deal with whatever he’s dealing with. The Buccaneers also knew about this beforehand, and Brady himself has come out and said that balancing his home and work life can be complex and difficult.
Tom Brady is taking a short leave of absence from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for ‘family reasons’.
Here’s the bottom line: Tom Brady knows this as well as anyone: Family comes first. Brady knows this, considering what his wife and children also have to sacrifice for him to pursue his dreams. At the same time, there are times when just being with the family and taking care of them comes first.
Last season, Brady opened up about how his intense drive to play the game as long as possible has been difficult to balance with his desire to spend time with his family.
“I think my wife has, you know, kept the house down for a long time now. And I think there are things she wants to accomplish. You know, she hasn’t worked that much in the last 10, 12 years, just raising our family and kind of committing to being in a life in Boston and then moving to Florida. But it’s a problem, and it’s a very hard problem to reconcile without just saying, ‘ Hey, it’s time to retire.’ And I think you know we’re coming to an end here too, so I don’t want to miss any of the kids’ stuff.”
In 2020, Brady revealed that there was a point where wife Gisele Bundchen said she wasn’t “happy” with Brady’s work-life balance. She wrote Brady a “very thoughtful letter,” which the quarterback treasures to this day as a reminder of how to make time for all the things he loves in life.
It’s easy to speculate and freak out about what’s going on — after all, it makes for good TV and content curation — but he’s also human. Sure, the Miami Dolphins manipulation saga gives a nice plot twist, but could it just be that he wants to be around his family a little more, or could there be something else going on in the family that he needs to take care of?
At the end of the day, it’s best to take Tom Brady’s word that he has to deal with family reasons. Some won’t, but that’s life. Whatever happens, we wish Brady the best and look forward to his age 45 season when he returns.