Tom Brady addresses retirement rumors.
The NFL star, 44, gave some insight about his future plans for his career during Monday’s episode of his Sirius XM podcast, “Let’s Go!”
A Not So Peaceful Weekend
During the chat, Brady shared how his weekend went — the time when news of his retirement blew up on the internet.
“I just don’t know what different intentions are again. It’s not for me to control those things. So there’s some very important games going on in the weekend, and I know how hard those players work on Sunday to prepare for that,” he said.
Brady admitted that he “was actually a little bit disappointed that that would actually played some part of what’s going on in NFL football, which to me has been such an amazing sport and it’s a great sport. The focus should be on those great games.”
He continued, “I was trying to enjoy a nice weekend. It didn’t quite turn that way because my phone got really busy but, you know, that’s just part of being in a situation I’m in.”
Longing To Play
Over the weekend, Brady had some downtime for the first time in six months, although he wished he played football instead.
“Just enjoying and decompressing with football season six months straight. So as your body’s kind of figuring out what to do because it’s not getting prepped for a game. Well, I very much wish I was getting prepped for a game, especially for the NFC Championship Game. Game on in LA and the Rams are running out there, I wish we could took our business last weekend, but that’s sports, you don’t always win,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback said.
Taking His Time
“You know, it’s a good week for me. I’m just still going through the process that I said I was going through,” Brady explained. “So sometimes it takes some time to really evaluate how you feel what you want to do.”
As to whether he’s retiring or not, he said, “I think when the time is right, I’ll be ready to make a decision one way or another, just like I said last week.”
Brady also noted that he’s “responsible for what I say and do and not responsible for what others say or do. So, again, I think one thing I’ve learned about sports is, you know, you control what you can control. And you know what, you can’t relate to others.”
He continued, “We’re in such an era of information. People want to be in front of the news often, and I totally understand that. That’s the environment we’re in. But I think for me, I’m just… it’s literally it’s day to day with me,” adding, “I’m just trying to do the best I can every day.”
When it comes to decision-making, Brady’s still taking his time — to “evaluate things as they come” and try “to make it a great decision for me and my family.”
It’s Family Time For Tom Brady
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Last week, Brady spoke about his career and life plans after losing from the Los Angeles Rams on January 23, which resulted in their team getting eliminated from the playoffs.
At the time, the athlete said he’s in “no rush to figure out what’s next,” adding, “I’ll know when I know. It’s a day after the season. So I think for all of us, you know, we can all decompress a bit. It’s been six straight months of football, every day consumed by day in and day out football.”
Since the elimination, Brady has been spending time with his family.
He is married to former supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 41, and together, they have two kids, son Benjamin Rein, 12, and daughter Vivian Lake, 9. Brady is also a dad to son John Edward Thomas Moynahan, 14, whom he shares with ex Bridget Moynahan.
A Great Career
Not so long ago, the quarterback said he’s aiming to play until he’s 45 or maybe even longer.
“I’m really ultimate. you know, my enjoyment comes from not a recognition of what I’ve accomplished as a player in the league. My enjoyment comes from the competition more so than anything,” Brady said on his January 25 episode.
“It’s just when you’re 44, I guess you get asked about that a lot. You know, a lot of people thought I was done playing football in 2015. You know, a lot of people in 2016 said you’re done. A lot of people in 2018 thought… When I left the Patriots they said you’re done, you know,” he explained.
Brady has played a total of 22 seasons in which he won a historic seven Super Bowl titles.