Tom Brady says he’s ‘close to the end’ as he continues to hint at retirement – CNN

Tom Brady says he's 'close to the end' as he continues to hint at retirement - CNN

Brady, now 45, had a tumultuous offseason, retiring in February only to later reverse that decision. In the middle of August’s training camp, Brady took an 11-day leave to “address personal issues,” according to his head coach Todd Bowles.

Last week, Brady said: “When you get older, life changes quite a bit. There are different responsibilities that develop in your life. There are different perspectives that you gain.”

The seven-time Super Bowl champion, talking about his regularly scheduled ‘Let’s Go!’ podcast with co-host Jim Gray on Tuesday, said he “feels more than things in the past for some reason” as he competes in his 23rd NFL season.

“I’m just really feeling my emotions intensely,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Gray. “And I feel like I always have that, but I think when you get closer to the end — and I don’t know exactly where I’m at with that, but there’s no decision to be made, it’s not like I have. 10 left years, I certainly don’t have that.

“All of this, I’ll just never take it. The only time it really slapped me to say, ‘Don’t take this for granted’ was when I injured my knee. And after that, I came back and said, “Winning is great. I love to win and I hated to lose, and I still do, but even if you lose and you come off the field healthy, there’s something to gain from it.” The part is, if you get hurt and you can’t be there with your team , that’s really where it gets mentally challenging and emotionally challenging.”

Brady and the Bucs opened the new season with a a comfortable 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on sunday

Although Brady said there’s a “simplicity to life when you’re in the football season because there’s a rhythm to it,” he explained waking up Monday morning the day after a win with bruises and cuts on his arm. “Holy church, there were some hits,” he said.

“And you say, ‘Okay, how long do I want to make this commitment?’ And I obviously made the commitment for this year and everything will be continuously evaluated all these different aspects in play.”

Brady outlined how he now has “no margin for error” as a 45-year-old quarterback compared to those 20 years his junior in terms of his physical preparation and recovery.

When asked by Gray about why he would consider retiring if he continues to perform at a high level, Brady noted the effect of age on his priorities.

“When I was 25, there was a simplicity of 25-year-old life,” Brady said.

“And I think when you’re 45, and you have a lot of other obligations and commitments that are very important to you — namely kids that are growing up and things that, I haven’t had a Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 23 years, I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people I care about, who are born from August to the end of January. And I can’t attend funerals and I can’t be at weddings.

“I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough and enough is enough and time to move on, to move into other parts of life.’

Brady looks to pitch against the Cowboys.
Gisele Bündchen, Brady’s wife, told Elle that she had “concerns” about her husband — already the oldest ever NFL quarterback — coming back from his February retirement.

“This is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be present more,” Bündchen said. “I’ve certainly had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel like everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He also has to follow his joy.”

She added: “I’ve done my part, which is what it is [to] be there for [Tom]. I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and loving environment for my children to grow up and be there supporting him and his dreams. To see my children succeed and become the beautiful people they are, to see him succeed, and be fulfilled in his career — that makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job of that.”

The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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