Tom Brady: “There’s no rush to make a decision”

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After Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said he’s take some time to make a decision about playing next season — even though he previously had said on numerous occasions that he planned to play in 2022. In his latest episode of Let’s Go, Brady did nothing to dispel the possibility that he’ll be gone.

“I think the point is there’s no really rush for me to figure out what’s next,” Brady said. “You know, I’ll know when I know. It’s a day after the season. So I think for all of us, you know, we can all decompress a bit. It’s been six straight months of football, every day consumed by day in and day out football. And I think now it’s just some time to spend some time with my family and spend some time with my kids.”

For five years, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, has tried to get him to retire.

“My wife is my biggest supporter,” Brady said. “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. And I’m gonna spend some time with them and give them what they need, ‘cause they’ve really been giving me what I need the last six months to do what I love to do. 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.”

Brady doesn’t feel the need to have a final-year farewell tour. For years, we’ve heard that he definitely doesn’t want an all-about-Tommy final season in football.

“I think that would be distracting for me,” Brady said. “I’m really an ultimate, my enjoyment comes from not a recognition of kind of what I’ve accomplished as a player in the league. My enjoyment comes from the competition. Moreso than anything, even yesterday, I was thinking about competing. I was thinking about, this whole year, about competing. I wasn’t thinking about anything other than that. So when the time comes to think about post career and second career I’ll think about those things. It’s just when you’re 44, I guess you get asked about that a lot. And a lot of people thought I was done playing football in 2015. A lot of people in 2016 said, ‘You’re done.’ A lot of people in 2018, and when I left the Patriots, they said, ‘You’re done.’”

So could he actually walk away after the way the 2021 season ended? Would he be satisfied with that?

“I would say I’m proud and satisfied of everything we accomplished this year,” Brady said. “So I know when I give it my all, that’s something to be proud of. And I’ve literally given everything I had this year, last year, the year before that, the year before that. Like, I don’t leave anything half-ass, you know? I think I leave it with everything that I have. My physical being, I work really hard on that. I feel like I give everything I can to my teammates. Although, you know, it is divided attention as you get older, ‘cause there’s different priorities and responsibilities in life. And, you know, I have things happening outside of football that require some time and energy. Not a ton but, you know, the kids require time and energy and that’s enjoyable for me, too. So again, it’s a, you know, I’ll know when the time is right and there’s no rush to make a decision. So, you know, we’ll just see.”

Indeed we will. And it’s possible we have seen the last of Brady, with the Bucs or with anyone.

33 responses to “Tom Brady: “There’s no rush to make a decision”

  1. If he loses in the next playoffs, he will tie the record for the most playoff losses. Don’t do it Tom.

  2. I believe Tom calls it a day and rides off into the sunset. There’s nothing left to prove. In addition, the Bucs are going to go into a soft rebuild next season because of the amount of guys they’re going to lose. Brady will want zero to do with a rebuild.

  3. He has nothing left to prove BUT at this point in his career he is competing with every QB that will come after him and making sure that he has done everything he can to keep any of them from being able to achieve what he has.

  4. Sounds like the honeymoon is over between him and Arians/Licht. Drafting a LB and QB last year was a real bonehead move if you’re considering optimizing the last years for the GOAT. Really stupid moves.

    I’m not a fan of BB as a GM, but he is an exceptional coach. Arians must seem greatly inadequate after that, and even BB did not publicly criticize Brady as Arians does. When a fool along for the ride criticizes you, you may be looking for other opportunities.

  5. Brady isn’t coming back to the Buccaneers. He realizes what Arians is – an idiot. The only way Brady doesn’t retire is if somehow a trade could be worked or to get him to the 49ers. That isn’t likely, so odds are he retires. I would love to see him mentor Lance for a year, but highly unlikely.

  6. The guy had an mvp season, ab had a oksychotic episode, they came all the way back from down 27*3 in one of the best games ever.
    Every PFT commenter here figured Brady was about to pull out an amazing win. Almost happened but the nfl product got better with that game.

    17 games injuries no bye for #2 seed, no reason for him to come back.

  7. You are no spring chicken, turkey. Wait too long and you will play like Big Ben in his last year. Not pretty.

  8. Continue to play until you don’t want to or no team wants you. He is playing at a high level so keep going

  9. Why is #12 blubbering about people saying he was done? Never happened. Something is up in Tampa.

  10. Brady has to be incensed by that play call. Brady had just put the finishing touches in a 24 point comeback similar to the one he led against Atlanta in the Super Bowl. And seconds later instead of giving him a chance to win the coin flip and win it in OT like he did in Atlanta and like he did against Kansas City in the AFCCG, his coach gave the game back to the Rams by calling a an all out Zero blitz. Yeah I know we’ve seen this movie before but I feel it should be Tampa Bay hosting an inferior 49er team led by Brady’s former New England understudy. And it should have been almost a guaranteed ticket to the Super Bowl and a chance at an 8th ring.

    What a tremendous screw up.

    Brady has to be angry with Arians.

  11. Brady’s legacy is already untouchable. The Greatest QB to ever play, and he was coached for the vast majority of his career by the undisputed best HC of the salary cap era.
    His numbers are outrageous, it’s been a privilege to watch him compete and dominate.

  12. “ I have things happening outside of football that require some time and energy. Not a ton but, you know, the kids require time and energy..” Umm, those priorities seem a little off. A job is great and important and it puts food on the table, but he makes his kids sound like a necessary evil. I mean they may not “require” a ton of time, but they deserve it from their father.

  13. I think with the passing of the great John Madden and the crop of talented young QB’s in the league, he retires to become an analyst and perhaps, Madden 2.0.

  14. sounds like the decision is made… he just needs time to come to terms with it. Enjoy your retirement TB!! G.O.A.T.!!

  15. I don’t understand the need to be with his family. Isn’t he home at night? At this time of year have they months off?? I would think he’s home more than most dads/husbands who work everyday…… have maybe 4 weeks vacation….. some travel for work. ETC Maybe im wrong.

  16. If I was him I would go out on top by retiring after his Bucs superbowl win or in this case because you can’t turn back time, go out when you want, but don’t damage your legacy further by sticking around longer than you should. The guy is the GOAT with pretty much nothing left to prove. If you want to retire, fine, everyone should appreciate it and just let the guy go enjoy his family life. The dudes earned it.

  17. It’s time Tom. Owner of just about every passing record. 7 Super Bowl rings. You’ve proved your point about being pissed about being picked 199th.

  18. I think the drama around the Bucs at the end of the season wore on TB. The team wasn’t able to avoid the injuries as they did in 2020. His AB project backfired. BA always has something to say. The team wasn’t as good. The whole experience probably wasn’t as much fun and then they lost. To top it off there is no clear vision as to what the Bucs’ roster will look like in 2022. If this was about family he would have retired years ago. If he had a no doubt Super Bowl contender he’d probably give it another year as he originally intended. He can see that the 2022 Bucs might not be that.

  19. My guess is Tom will announce his retirement about one or two weeks AFTER the Super bowl . I hope he does it the SAME day the Washington team announces their new goofy name ……I would rather watch news that day about the Goat retiring.

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