Brady and his wife have grown concerned about the state of his health.
Tom Brady is one of the most legendary and decorated players in the modern NFL. Any team with him in their corner almost instantly becomes a Super Bowl contender, if not a winner. However, at 45 years of age and on the back of a previous retirement attempt, Brady is getting close to the end of his prime playing years, and it’s beginning to weigh on him and his family.
“As you get older, life changes quite a bit. There’s different responsibilities that take form in your life. There’s different perspectives you gain,” Brady said on the ‘Let’s Go!’ podcast with co-host Jim Gray.
“I’m just really feeling intensely my emotions,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Gray. “And I feel like I always have that, but I think when you get close to the end – and I don’t know exactly where I’m at with that, but there’s no decision to be made, it’s not like I have 10 years left, I definitely don’t have that.
“All these, I’m just never going to take for granted. The only time it really slapped me in the face to say: ‘Don’t take this for granted’ was when I got injured with my knee. And after that, I came back and said: ‘Winning’s great. I love winning and I hated losing, and I still do, but even if you lose and you walk off the field healthy, there’s something to be gained from it.’ The part is, if you get injured and you can’t be there with your team, that’s really where it gets mentally challenging and emotionally challenging.”
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In a separate interview with Elle, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, expressed concerns with his continuing role in football. “This is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present. I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
“I’ve done my part, which is [to] be there for [Tom]. I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my children to grow up in and to be there supporting him and his dreams. Seeing my children succeed and become the beautiful little humans that they are, seeing him succeed, and being fulfilled in his career – it makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job on that.”