Tom Brady’s wife says she won’t nudge him to retire

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At a time when many believe that the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have significant influence over his decision to retire from football, Gisele Bundchen insists that it will be his call.

““It’s not my decision to make,” Bundchen recently told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s his decision, and he knows it. It wouldn’t be fair any other way. He’s so focused right now. He has a laser focus on just winning and being the best, and I said, ‘You know what? This is what you’re doing right now in your life, and you need to feel complete in it, because if I’m the one who comes and says something and then you make a decision based on something that I said –”

The thought was then completed for her: “He’d resent it?”

“Yeah, and I would never in my life, ever,” she said. “I want him to be happy. Believe me, I’ve been with him when he’s losing. Try to be with him after you have lost [Super Bowls]. I mean, I had my fair share, OK? As long as he’s happy, he’s going to be a better father, he’s going to be a better husband, and I just want him to be happy. I do have my concerns, like anyone would.”

Bundchen first publicly articulated those concerns last May, when she spontaneously disclosed that Brady has suffered previously-undisclosed concussions.

“I’m entitled to have my concerns because my husband is the father of my children,” Bundchen told the Wall Street Journal. “If you don’t have your health, what do you have?”

Then notion that Bundchen may be pushing Brady to retire first emerged after the Patriots’ stunning comeback in Super Bowl LI, with Brady jokingly saying Bundchen told him that he should walk away. It became much less of a joke once she revealed that he has had concussions. And that let to speculation that she’ll either push him to retire or, at a minimum, she’ll continue to raise questions until he decides to do what she arguably has wanted him to do for at least a year, if not longer.

26 responses to “Tom Brady’s wife says she won’t nudge him to retire

  1. So we’re at the point where I have to read stories about what brady’s wife may or may not do? The Draft can’t come soon enough!

  2. “Tom Brady’s wife” doesn’t really care what Tom does in his free time. From an income perspective, his career is basically a hobby compared to hers.

  3. She is very well grounded and has a terrific understanding of how a relationship has to be a partnership. He also has shown that understanding where her ambitions are concerned. (What his critics call ‘whipped’) its really a good example how they both work to support rather than control each other so that they both get to pursue their individual goals as well their common ones.

  4. Wow! I guess Giselle hasn’t pressured Brady to retire as Many reporters have written. Looks like we’ll keep going deep into the playoffs for a few more years.

  5. Giselle is probably the biggest threat to another glorious Super Bowl success and Belichick knows it. She needs to remain fully supportive of her husband to keep him going as long as possible on the field. Yes, she and her family make some significant sacrifices but she must also consider the fun that her husband derives from being the best ie the greatest player of all time (not to mention the pleasure he continues to bring to millions of fans in New England, across the USA and in all parts of the world). Tom may be heading for 41 but he still has the body of a 27 year old – Giselle’s job is to give him the love and support to keep him going as long as possible.

  6. That’s a good woman right there. Also doesn’t hurt that she’s a looker and her bank account renders Brady’s contracts “ashtray money.” Tom Brady, just living his best life.

  7. Reading between the lines…she knows when he is going to retire, they have discussed it. At a guess, he leaves after his contract is up or possibly sooner, two more years at most.

  8. Apparently there’s as much discord in the marriage as there is within the team. Probably only a matter of months before Brady and Belicheat butt heads, Gronk gets tossed, and the Patriots sink to the bottom of the AFC East. Hahahaha. Good riddance.

  9. Every Pat should be on the TB12 Method — Brady healthy into his 40s and Gronk having a healthy year. Why the resistance to such results other than a refusal to admit ignorance?

  10. She’s a nice gal. She could have pushed Brady to demand more pay instead of underpricing himself. All in all the Patriots nation is lucky to have Gisele backing our QB.

  11. Its funny hearing all the commenters hate on her for saying something nice. They are mad at two things..1) she is married to the GOAT they hate and 2) she is not married to them.

  12. “So we’re at the point where I have to read stories about what brady’s wife may or may not do? ”

    No. You chose to click on the link, read the story and comment on it. There was nothing that made you “have to read” the article.


  13. Maybe Giselle has realized that Brady has super-powers, and like many Pats fanboys say, can easily play til he’s 50. Good luck w/ that!

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