TAMPA, Fla. —quarterback Thursday was uncompromising in his assertion that he never had a rift with Bruce Arians (former head coach), who announced his retirement shortly before Brady announced that he would be returning.
However, he did not deny that he had spoken with the reporter.He was open to the idea of joining their organization in some capacity and said he wouldn't pressure close friends and tight ends. Return.
Brady said nothing about Arians. He and I have a wonderful relationship. Bruce was a big reason why I chose to live here. He and I have had incredible communication. I have great respect for him. He knows what I think about him. That's the most important thing. He knows how I feel about him.”
The Dolphins were reported to be interested in Brady joining them in the front office and/or as a QB. Brady stated that he had many conversations with many people. For the past three to four years, I have been thinking about what opportunities I might have after I retire from football. So, I made a decision on what I would like to do and will be playing football.
“I believe that the most important thing for me is where I am now and what I want to do for this group. That has been my commitment towards this team and to this organization. It was so much fun to be here two years ago. It's been almost 2½ now and it's been an incredible part of my football journey. It's not over.
Gronkowski, who was lured to retirement by Brady for the 2020 season, has been getting together with Brady this offseason for throwing session. Brady didn't give any indication Wednesday which Gronkowski leans.
Brady stated that he believes it is up to him to decide and that he will make the right decision. He is doing what's best for him. We don't have training camp for six weeks so he can do whatever it takes to get it right. We're hopeful that he will, and if not, we have to go out and find out what to do.
Brady also spoke out about his retirement announcements of February 1 and March 13 regarding un-retirement. Both his priorities have changed since becoming a father and husband to his three children. His family played an important role in both, admitting that he still needs to improve.
Brady said that it is easy to choose what you want to do next season when you're 25, but not so easy when you're 44. It can be very difficult when you are 43 or 44, because there are many other pressing things and other important things in your lives, such as your children and your wife, and different relationships. Football has always been the priority. It's been that way for me. It's hard work and it's difficult.
“I think that when football season starts, everyone knows it's 100% Football. It's the only way you can be, and it's a huge commitment. You have to train hard in order for you to be able play every game. At 44, it's a huge commitment to train hard. I'm trying to make these decisions. [they] Each person has their own challenges. While it isn't the same as it was when I'm 25, I don’t think we feel any different from when we were 25.
There are parts of my life where I am happy that I'm not 25, and other parts where it's hard to believe I could be 25 again. But I live a complex, complicated, and tricky existence. I just try to make the most of it all.
Is it possible for him to feel whole and happy away from professional soccer or will it continue to define him?
“I fell in Love with this Sport as a Young Kid and I still feel a deep love for it. Brady stated that he believes he will always be a football player. “It's beyond it. I'm going to stay in football now. It's pretty obvious. It'll be great. It's something I look forward too, regardless of when it happens or when I make the decision to retire. I also think there are many things that will ensure that I don't have a normal offseason. It was really fascinating to me that I could imagine it. … It should be a smoother process than I thought.
In the NFC divisional playoff Jan. 23, the Bucs lost 30-27 to the Rams. Some teammates thought Brady would not be able stay away due to the loss. Other teammates believed it was the end. This made for an emotional rollercoaster offseason.
“I kinda knew. “I kind of knew.” I told him about two days after the game.[Tom]”Run backsaid. He agreed with me. We made too many errors on the field, which kind of messed things up. The whole game was a game of catch-up. As a champion, I knew that he would not want to leave like that for his legacy.”
Wide receiverHe pointed towards the floor and said, “And then I went up here.” I didn't believe he would return. He's accomplished everything, has made a lot money, and is enjoying the most rewarding career of his life. He still wants to play. He loves the game, he loves his team and he wants to win. It's a bitter taste in his mouth, he said. There's also one in mine. “I'm glad we have him back for at most one year.”
Brady accomplished much during his 40-day stint as a retiree. He wore his new BRADY clothes, filmed two movies and participated in TNT’s “The Match” golf tournament. In addition, he signed a $375million television deal with Fox Sports for the role of analyst once he has retired again. Yet, he managed to remain in good shape.
Brady stated, “We still have a lot of work to do.” “I have a long career ahead of myself and there are lots of exciting things ahead. I look forward for what lies ahead in football but we can't promise anything beyond what we currently have. “This is my moment, and I'm excited to go out there and try to win a championship.”