Tom Brady would rather lose than not play

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The 2022 Buccaneers had something going, until they didn’t. But playing a game in Cleveland that Tampa Bay should have won and losing it is, to quarterback Tom Brady, better than the alternative.

“Look, losing is hard for all of us, but I’d rather lose and play than not play at all,” Brady said on the latest episode of his Let’s Go! podcast, via

“I love playing. I love competing. I love trying to be a little bit better every day. I love going out there with a sense of purpose to try to get better. And ultimately, I love trying to play at a championship level for my teammates. . . .  And obviously there’s challenges every year. Everybody has unique challenges, you know, on and off the field. You work as hard as you can with the circumstances that are presented before you. We’re just going to keep fighting ’til the end and we’ll be measured by, again, by what happens over the course of a long season.”

Even at 5-6, the Buccaneers remain in first place in the worst division football, the NFC South. Winning the division results in a ticket to a home game in the wild-card round, and the No. 4 seed. (Two years ago, the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl as the No. 5 seed.)

It gets no easier in the coming weeks. The Saints come to town next Monday night. Then, it’s a short-week, long trip to San Francisco. After that, the Bucs host the Bengals.

Even if they lose two or three of those, it may not keep them from ultimately winning the division. And all that matters, if they get there, is where they are as of the wild-card round.

18 responses to “Tom Brady would rather lose than not play

  1. For most of Brady’s entire career he has had virtually zero threat of losing a division. The Bills, Dolphins, and Jets were all perennial losers while he was in New England. Didn’t think it could get much easier than that but here we are again…

  2. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady need an off-season together as roommates. Ayahuasca meets the TB-12 method.

  3. Luckiest man on history. Before it was great D, great field position, admittedly good play, and crazy luck like throwing 3 picks (and winning) or a guy lining up offsides. Now it’s being in 1st place with a losing record.

  4. So Tom Brady is in first place in his division while the Pats are last place in theirs. But The Pats have a better record than Tom?

  5. Bucs are interesting in that as bad as they have played this year if they get in and get healthy they could win against any team

  6. He should play as long as someone will pay him to do so.

    As should every athlete.

  7. Instead of walking out on top with family, TB12 wanted to walk out somewhere in the middle or bottom, and to live alone.

  8. Am I the only one who suspects that there’s something psychologically wrong with someone who would rather sacrifice wife and family so he can keep playing and losing?

  9. ajg314 says:
    November 29, 2022 at 10:07 am
    Am I the only one who suspects that there’s something psychologically wrong with someone who would rather sacrifice wife and family so he can keep playing and losing?


    Not the only one but thinking that is a sign of not having priorities straight. Anyone who is in a relationship they are not happy in and a career they love is going to get out of one they aren’t happy in and continue to do the one that makes them happy. That’s human nature. Problem is a lot of people with low life standards can’t relate to actually having success in something and options romantically to where they don’t have to settle in life.

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