Tom Brady seems to be seriously considering retiring, but he doesn’t seem to be closing the door on his football career yet.
On his SiriusXM Podcast “Let’s Go!” With co-host Jim Gray, Brady took us through his thought process on what factors he considers. He wants to continue playing football, but on the other hand he recognizes the sacrifices his family has made for his life, and his wife, Kisele Bondsen, knows how he feels about being severely beaten by defenders.
Then Buchanan’s play-off defeat to the Rams on Sunday, Said it would take some time to find out whether Brady would return or retire. Gray asked him about its process.
“I think I’m not really in a hurry to find out what’s next,” Brady said. “It simply came to our notice then. This is the next day of the season. I think we can all reduce that a little bit. It’s football for six consecutive months. Football consumed every day, every day. Now is the time to spend some time with my family and my kids.
“As I get older I think the best part is that football is so important in my life, it means a lot to me and I care about what we are trying to achieve as a team, and my teammates. The biggest difference now that I’m getting older is that I have kids now, and on them I care more.
He talked about the sacrifices of his family.
“My wife is a huge supporter of me,” Brady said. “It hurts her to see me being attacked there, and she gets what she needs from me as a husband. My children will need them from me as a father. I’m going to spend some time with them and give them what they need because they have given me what I need for the last six months – what I need to do. I said this a few years ago to do.That’s relationships.It’s not always what I want.It’s what we want as a family.I will spend a lot of time with them and find out what’s next in the future.
Gray asked Brady if he would like a farewell tour.
“I think it distracts me,” Brady said. “My happiness does not come from recognizing what I have achieved as a player in the league. My pleasure comes from the competition.
“After all, even yesterday, I was thinking about competing. I was not thinking of anything other than that. When it comes time to think about a post-career and second life, I will think about it. When you are 44, you have a lot to think about. I think a lot of people thought I’ve finished playing football in 2015. A lot of people in 2016 said you’re done. A lot of people when I left the Patriots ”
Brady said key duties are needed every year and no one knows what will come tomorrow.
“Every year I have to make sure the team really needs what they need,” he said. “The team deserves no better than my best. If I’m not sure about it or feel that I can not play at the championship level, I should give someone else a chance to play.
“We’ll see. There’s still plenty of time for the start of next football season. I need to figure those things out. We do not know what will happen in the future. We really do not. Kobe Bryant, our best friend, may God calm his soul. We think you will always play.We do not.What can we do? We can enjoy the moments we get.
Better a poor horse than no horse at all.
“I’m glad I played in how hard it was to lose yesterday’s match,” Brady said. “The season is so challenging, I’m happy to play – because I live my life. I do not just count the days. My days are meaningful to me. I try to make them meaningful to me.
“In the meantime, I’ll try to enjoy the time I do not play football, because it’s equally important. I enjoy playing football, but I also enjoy playing football, as my children grow older and watch them grow. All of those things need to be considered, and they will be, and The fun part is that most of the guys retire and then move to Florida.I’m already in Florida! So it’s very confusing for me too.
Can he leave with pride and satisfaction, or will the loss to the Rams, too little, fall, too much?
“I can say that I am proud and satisfied with everything we have achieved this year,” Brady said. “I know it’s something to be proud of when I give it. I’m really given everything I have [every year]. I don’t leave anything half-hearted. I give up everything I have. My health, for which I work very hard.
“Because there are different priorities and responsibilities in life, I feel like giving everything to my teammates, even if you are distracted as you get older, and I have things outside of football that require time and energy. Not a ton. Kids need time and energy, and it’s interesting to me.
“Again, I know when the right time is, there is no rush to make a decision. We’ll see.”
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