Tom Brady is still not ready to announce what’s next for him after 22 NFL seasons and seven Super Bowl rounds. In the first public comments since ESPN reported he would be retiring, Brady said Monday night that he is “still going through the process” to make a decision about his future.
“Sometimes it takes a while to really appreciate how you feel and what you want to do,” Brady said on “Let’s Go!” podcast on Sirius XM Radio with Jim Gray. “When the time is right, I will be ready to make a decision, one way or another.”
Brady, the 44-year-old midfielder, said he was trying to enjoy a “nice weekend” when ESPN released his report Saturday afternoon, citing multiple unnamed sources. In the hours that followed, those close to Brady try to press pause on news cycle, though they keep saying this isn’t the end of his career – it’s just that Brady hasn’t made a decision yet. Brady took a similar approach on his show Monday, saying he’s been going “day by day” since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC knockouts last week.
“There is a lot of interest in when I will stop playing. I understand that, and it’s not like I didn’t realize it,” Brady said. “It’s just that when I know I’ll know, and when I don’t know, I don’t know, and I’m not going to race to some conclusion about it.”
Brady said he’s “disappointed” by the retirement report cutting the conference championship weekend and taking away some focus from the four teams competing for a Super Bowl spot. The implication of his words: If he was planning to retire, he wouldn’t have announced it right away. The only timeline he gives to make a decision is “when the time is right”.
Deciding when to give up is difficult for any player, especially for a player who won the Super Bowl last year and this season leads the league in passes (5,316). number of finishes (485) and number of touches (43). When Brady signed with the Buccaneers in 2020, after winning six championships in his 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, he joined a ready-to-go squad with a solid attack, demanding goals. Top skill player and a solid defense. The team was able to keep the same starting lineup after last season’s Super Bowl win, but there is likely to be more revenue ahead of this season with a long list of players set to become free agents, including recipient Chris Godwin and reclusive Rob Gronkowski.
Brady said on last week’s podcast episode that his three children and wife, Gisele Bündchen, deserve more time and that they will make a decision about what’s next as a family.
Almost as difficult as the decision itself is how to publish it. It’s fair to assume that Brady, who has spent his career controlling everything he can control between white lines, wants to decide how news of his retirement is made public. .
When asked by Gray if Saturday’s false start could get him back for another season, Brady responded by saying he was primarily motivated “from within”. Brady has said he wouldn’t want a farewell tour, calling it “distracting,” but that it will be inevitable if he returns in 2022.
“I understand how my decision affects a lot of people’s lives,” Brady said. “So when that decision comes, it will.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/sports/football/tom-brady-interview-retirement-decision.html Tom Brady Says He Still Hasn’t Decided To Retire From The NFL