Tom Brady announced his retirement a week ago but left the door slightly open for a possible return if he changes his mind during the offseason. In the latest edition of the Let’s Go! podcast, Brady said that he was going to take things as they came.
However, when he was quizzed whether he might reconsider his decision and come back to the NFL, the quarterback said that six months (until the start of next season) was a long time and that “You never say never”, even though he felt very good about his decision.
Won’t Reverse Course
In the Let’s Go! podcast, Brady said that he always tried to make the best possible decision at any moment, claiming that he did exactly that last week. He added that he was definitely not “looking to reverse course.”
Even though Brady said that he never knew what challenges he would face in life, he still seemed to be in the same frame of mind as last week, saying he was looking forward to doing things other than playing.
Didn’t Spend Time with His Family
And it seems like it is those things outside the game that have convinced Brady that it was time to retire. The 44-year old said that everything in life came at a cost and that his NFL success made him miss out on other aspects of life.
The 15-time Pro Bowler went on to say that as he got older, he understood that things outside of sport required his attention just as much as football did. So, for him, the time has come “to commit to those types of things.”
Physically Ready for More NFL Seasons
According to Brady, a lot of things have happened in his life in the past ten years, and as he got closer to the end of the season, he realized that there was a time and a place for everything.
In his Let’s Go! podcast, Brady was very clear that he enjoyed every minute of his time in the NFL, but what really excited him now was what was ahead. He said he didn’t know what it meant or where it took him but that he was sure it would be exciting.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner was adamant that he was physically ready for yet another or more seasons of football, but that it was now time for other things in his life, and that he was excited he would be able to enjoy those moments too.
An Outpouring of Respect and Admiration
Brady said he was taken aback by the number of people who have reacted to his Instagram announcement, and that he was “very humbled.” The three-time MVP winner was grateful that so many people have reached out to him and that he was happy to have been able to impact other people’s lives as much as they have impacted his. Both teammates and competitors have expressed their admiration for the most decorated player in NFL history, and Brady, who claimed to have enjoyed playing more than people enjoyed watching him, said that the respect was mutual. And you would expect nothing less from a top professional such as Brady.
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