Brady, 45, who had a season turbulence, retired in February only to later reverse that decision. In the middle of training camp in August, Brady took 11 days off to “deal with personal matters,” according to his head coach Todd Bowles.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion speaks, on his regular schedule, “Let’s Go!” Podcast with co-host Jim Gray on Tuesday, he said he’s “feeling more than things in the past for a reason” as he competes in his 23rd NFL season.
“I’m just really feeling my emotions,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Gray. “And I feel like I’ve always had that, but I think when you’re nearing the end — and I don’t know exactly where I’m at, but there’s no decision to be made, it’s not like I’ve done 10 years left, I definitely don’t have it.
“All of this, I’ll never take it for granted. The only time he ever really slapped me in the face to say, ‘Don’t take this for granted’ was when I injured my knee. And then I came back and said, ‘Winning is awesome.'” I love winning and hated losing, and I still do, but even if you lose and come 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 where it becomes mentally challenging and challenging. emotionally.”
Although Brady said there is “simplicity in life when you’re in football season because there’s a rhythm to it,” he explained that he woke up Monday morning the day after the win with bruises and cuts to his arm. “Oh my God, there were a few injuries,” he said.
And she says, ‘Well, how long do I want to make that commitment? “Obviously I’ve committed to this year and everything will be constantly evaluated for all these different aspects of play.”
Brady explained how he now “has no margins of error” as the 45-year-old midfielder compared to his 20-year junior in terms of physical preparation and recovery.
When asked by Gray why he would consider retiring if he was still performing at a high level, Brady noted the effect of age on his priorities.
“When I was 25, there was the simplicity of 25 years of life,” Brady said.
“And I think when you’re 45, and you have a lot of other commitments and commitments that are really important to you — the kids growing up and the things I haven’t had for Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had Thanksgiving in 23 years and I haven’t been celebrating Christmas Birth with the people I care about who were born from August to late January. I can’t be at funerals and I can’t attend weddings.
“I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough, enough time and moving on, to move on to other parts of life.'”
The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
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