You read that correctly. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will get every Wednesday off during the 2022 season.
Brady will take every Wednesday off for the rest of the season for “a personal day,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This is reportedly the first time in Brady’s 23-year career that he’ll receive a rest day every week during a season, per Rapoport.
Despite the backlash online about, the seven-time Super Bowl champion is defending his decision to step away from football once per week.
“The fact that I’ve worked weekends for the last 23 years, I do deserve one day off a week so I think maybe, and I don’t know if it’s Wednesdays, but I get Tuesdays off,” Brady said on his Let’s Go podcast, per PEOPLE. “That’s probably good enough for me.”
Bucs head coach Todd Bowles made it clear that veteran rest is important.
“For most players, it’s important,” Bowles said, per NFL Network. “But I think when you play in the league a certain amount of time and you prepare a certain way, it’s not necessary to practice that guy all the time. You’re going to practice, but you’re not going to practice all the time. You’ll get a day off here and there because it is a long season.”
This past Sunday, things got heated between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints after Brady started jawing at Marshon Lattimore. Soon, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans came to defend his teammate with a shove that got him suspended for the next game.
Brady wasn’t happy with the NFL’s decision.
“I think that’s ridiculous,” Brady said on the Let’s Go podcast. “You know hopefully we can move past it, get to a better place. You know, in the end, I appreciate Mike having my back. I know he’ll learn from it. And he knows that we all have his back.”
Tampa Bay defeated New Orleans 20-10 to improve to 2-0 on the season.