Tom Brady says he felt “pressure” to end his brief retirement and return to the NFL due to the start of free agency.
The 44-year-old quarterback said he spoke to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about reversing his retirement just before free agency began in March. Brady implied he didn’t want the team to make roster decisions while assuming he wouldn’t be on the field.
“At this stage, è come 55 percent yes and 45 percent no. It’s not 100-0. That’s just the reality,” Brady said on Wednesday after participating in Captial One’s The Match, secondo ESPN. “It’s not that I’m not 100 percent committed, it’s just as soon as I make the commitment to do it, it’s like ‘Ugh. Va bene, here we go.’ “
“It’s like running a marathon,” Lui continuò. “You can’t decide two weeks before the marathon, 'Hey, I’m going to start running.’ We got right to free agency and I felt some pressure to do it and talked to the team and organization, and it all worked out.”
Brady’s retirement lasted less than two months. He returned to Tampa Bay on March 13, just days before the start of free agency.
In Aprile, Brady told LE PERSONE il “ultimate goal” of winning another Super Bowl also influenced his decision to return.
“I want to go out there and have my best year yet,” Egli ha detto. “It requires a lot of time and focus and energy, just like everything, every detail matters. Everything’s important. There are zero compromises to getting the result that we want. And it’s got to be 100 percent effort by everybody to accomplish our goal.”
When asked on Wednesday whether he was ready to retire when he initially made the announcement a febbraio, Brady said “partly.”
“I think when you’re their [quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen’s] age, if you were to ask me, ‘Are you going to play football next year?’ I would say there’s a 100 percent chance I’m playing,” Egli ha detto, ESPN reported. “And I think as I’ve gotten older, that’s changed because I have other responsibilities.”
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“So the responsibilities are many people taking care of me and things that I have off the field that are really important to me like my family, i miei bambini, my wife’s done an amazing job of that,” he said of his wife, Gisele Bundchen. “That’s a big commitment from her, so it’s harder when you get older. I don’t even think they know what’s coming.”