Tom Brady kicked off his 23rd NFL season with a Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
That was likely a welcome sight for a man who seems to be dealing with a lot in regards to his wife off the field. In years past, Brady could have a tough or good game, but still go home to his supermodel wife. Those days seem t be over for now.
This week, PEOPLE reported that Gisele has given Brady an ultimatum for the end of the season and it could determine whether they stay married.
Brady’s drastic decision to retire and then unretire in 40 days has certainly put a huge stain on his marriage to Gisele.
“She doesn’t hate that he’s playing football, but she sure hates the way he handled the retirement and coming back,” a source told PEOPLE. “He knows that, and he’s doing what he can do to smooth things over. He does know that this is his last season if he wants to stay married.”
On his latest podcast appearance, Brady said that he is “close to the end” of his NFL career as he continued to hint at his retirement. Last week, Brady said: “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.”
The seven-time Super Bowl champion said that he is “feeling more than things in the past for some reason” as he competes in his 23rd NFL season.
“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.”
Brady and the Bucs opened the new season with a 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Gisele Bündchen, Brady’s wife, told Elle that she had “concerns” about her husband making a return to such a violent sport at his age.
“This is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bündchen said. “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.”
She added: “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.”