Tom Brady just might be leaving the National Football League at the age of 44-years-old.
The Tampa Bay Bucs QB did not want to talk about his future after the team got eliminated by the Rams over the weekend, but he had a lot to say on his podcast.
On His ‘Let’s Go’ podcast, Brady talked about his wife not being much of a fan seeing him get hit and his kids deserving to get everything from their dad by being there.
““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.”
“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.”
“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.”
““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.”
Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who played with the Bucs from 2000-2003 and won a Super Bowl with them, said Monday that the possibility of retirement is something that makes sense for Brady.
“You’ve won seven (Super Bowls) and you’ve played in 10. You’ve accomplished every hardware you could think of and imaginable in terms of professional sports,” he said on ESPN’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Max Show.” “There’s also something to be said for family, and time with your family. He has kids. They’re getting older. I’m sure his son wants to play football or wants to play quarterback or something along those lines, and duplicate that success or try to duplicate the success that his dad had. Living that dream, you want to be there for that.”
Brady echoed this sentiment earlier in the season, saying he could play into his 50s but his family life would play a role in his decision.
“I really think I can play as long as I want. I really do. I could literally play until I’m 50 or 55 if I wanted to. I don’t think I will obviously … my physical body won’t be the problem. I think it’ll just be, I’m just missing too much of life with my family.”