Tom Brady is now explaining his decision to end his retirement in March after 40 full days.
During a Q&A with Ernie Johnson on Wednesday night as part of “The Match” golf event, the 44-year-old quarterback said he “felt some pressure” to return with the club. impending free agency, despite announcing in February that he would step down and focus on responsibilities outside of football.
“At this point, it’s 55% yes and 45% no. It’s not 100-0. It’s just reality. It’s not that I’m not 100% committed, it’s just as soon as I commit to it, it’s like, ‘Ugh. Alright, here we go,” Brady said, according to ESPN.
“It’s like running a marathon. You can’t decide two weeks before the marathon, ‘Hey, I’m going to start running.’ We went straight to free agency and I felt some pressure to do that and talked to the team and the organization, and it all worked out.
Brady is now back with the Buccaneers for his third season and 23rd overall. Once the decision was made, Brady asked his teammates to let them know, including wide receiver Chris Godwin, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract to stay in Tampa Bay.
“At the end of the day, I love the competition on the pitch. And last year was a very bitter end to the season and we have to make a lot of corrections to try to improve and put ourselves in a better position to succeed. moving forward,” Brady told ESPN in April.
Although Brady now has the opportunity to run for his eighth Super Bowl title, the quarterback added on Wednesday that he was “partially” ready to make a career out of it after the Buccaneers were ousted from the divisional round against the Rams, now Super Bowl champions.
“I think when you’re their [Mahomes’ and Allen’s] age, if you were to ask me, ‘Are you going to play football next year?’ I would say there is a 100% chance that I will play. And I think as I got older that changed because I have other responsibilities,” Brady said of the AFC powerhouses, who are both 26.
“So the responsibilities are a lot of people taking care of me and the things that I have off the pitch that are really important to me like my family, my kids; my wife did an amazing job. It’s a big commitment on his part, so it’s more difficult when you get older. I don’t even think they know what’s coming. Aaron [Rodgers] knows these things because your life is getting bigger like all of us, our life is getting fuller – there are more responsibilities.
Brady shares son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian, 9, with wife Gisele Bündchen, who he’s been married to since 2009. He also has 14-year-old son Jack with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.
When the quarterback decided to return to the NFL earlier this year, Moynahan, 51, and Bündchen, 41, celebrated the move, with the latter joking, “Here we go again!”