It’s been roughly 24 hours since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been eliminated from the playoffs and the rumors are in full force. The elephant in the room is whether or not quarterback Tom Brady will continue playing or retire.
We’ve heard former teammates say he would and of course all the reports that go with that. We even heard Brady be non-committal in the post-game press conference Sunday. But, to be fair we also heard earlier in the year Brady was committed through the 2022/23 season. So, what is Brady going to actually do? Good luck deciphering that Rubik’s Cube of innuendo and gaslighting. We do have new information on this though. Monday Brady did his weekly podcast “Let’s Go” with Jim Gray. Brady went a little deeper on this subject.
Tom Brady on his Let’s Go podcast.
“I said this a few years ago, it's what relationships are all about. It's not always what I want. It's what we want as a family. And I'm gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what's next.”
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 25, 2022
Brady elaborated on his love of the game. “Playing football I get so much joy from. I love it. But not playing football, there’s a lot of joy in that for me also now, too, with my kids getting older and seeing them develop and grow. So all these things need to be considered and they will be.”
Brady on how his family factors into the decision.
“It pains 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 dad.”
Brady on how the team factors into the decision.
“The team doesn’t deserve anything less than my best. And if I feel like I’m not committed to that, or I can’t play at a championship level, then you gotta give someone else a chance to play. And, you know, we’ll see.”
Tom Brady is the ultimate teammate, I think it’s fair to say he might want to see if he can be the ultimate husband and father as well. The next few weeks or so are definitely going to be interesting for the future of not only Brady, but the entire franchise.