“It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family.

Tom Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion, the NFL’s all-time leader in passes and touchdowns.

In addition to these titles, he is also a husband and father.

So, a day after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season ended in a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Brady let it be known that his upcoming decision on his return for the 2022 season is not t only on what he wants to do, but also on what is best for his family.

“I think as I get older, I think the best part is football is hugely important in my life,” Brady said Jim Gray on the Let’s go! podcast. “And that means a lot to me. And I care a lot about what we’re trying to achieve as a team. And I care a lot about my teammates. And the biggest difference now that I’m older is is that I have kids now. also, you know, and I care about them too. They’ve been my biggest supporters. My wife is my biggest supporter. It’s worth watching me get hit over there. And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband and my kids deserve what they need from me as a father And I’m going to spend time with them and give them what they need because they really gave me what i needed for the last six months to do what i love to do. i said that a few years ago, that’s what relationships are for. is not always what I want. It is what we want as a family. And I will spend a lot of time with them and understand in the future what is the next.”

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Brady will step back and take some time off to consider possibly retiring. Following Brady and the Bucs’ dramatic loss, the 15-time Pro Bowler said, “Honestly, guys, I’m thinking about this game and I’m not thinking about anything in five minutes.”

His feelings on the podcast suggest he’s given a lot of thought to what’s next.

He also reflected on the time and focus he needs to give to his club and his teammates.

“You know, every year I just have to make sure I have the ability to commit to what the team really needs,” Brady said. “And that’s really important to me. The team deserves nothing less than my best. And if I feel like I’m not committing to it, or I can’t play at championship level , then you have to give someone else a chance to play. And, you know, we’ll see. You know, again, there’s a lot of time between now and the start of the next football season. I really have to understand these things, which is probably natural for anyone.”

As the 44-year-old Brady approaches a possible season or retirement at 45 after the most successful career in NFL history, it’s clear he’s in no rush to make a decision. Ultimately, his words hint that he will take all the time necessary to decide what will make him and his family happy in the future.

“Playing football gives me so much joy. I love it. But not playing football, there’s also a lot of joy for me now too, with my kids growing up and seeing them develop and grow,” Brady said. . “So all of these things have to be taken into account and they will be. And, you know, the funny thing is always that most guys retire and then move to Florida. I’m already in Florida! So that’s really confusing, even to me.”

And for the rest of us, the offseason pending Brady’s decision is underway.

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