Tom Brady shuts down idea of mid-season retirement amid struggling year
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Tom Brady has underlined that he still loves the game of football and noted that retiring mid-season is just not an option for him. This past Sunday, the Buccaneers suffered another low after they picked up a shock 21-3 defeat to the Carolina Panthers, who are one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Through the first seven games of the season, the Buccaneers haven't been convincing as they stand at 3-4. Appearing on his podcast this week, Brady was asked if he still loves the game he has played professionally for over two decades.
“Absolutely,” Brady said, per Pro Football Talk. “I was saying to Alex [Guerrero] this morning, I was doing treatment, man, it’s a hard sport we’ve chosen and it’s tough. It challenges you in every area, physically, mentally and emotionally.
And certainly at this stage we’re in, this is where you’ve got to dig deep and see what you’re all about and see what kind of character you have and see what you believe in and your values as a team. Do you stand up for each other when you face adversity or do you not? That’s what we’re all trying to figure out every time we take the field”.
Brady shuts down the idea of mid-season retirement
Brady is having a challenging season as some feel this is definitely the year in which Brady has fallen of a cliff. Some feel that Brady may make a radical move and retire from the game in the middle of the season.
Addressing those rumors, Brady underlined that retiring while the season is still on is just not an option. “I said last week that there’s no immediate retirement in my future,” Brady said. “There was a retirement in the past, but I moved on from that.
But certainly not, you know, I’ve never, you know, I made a commitment to this team and I love this team and I love this organization. I told them in March I was playing and I’ve never quit on anything in my life.
And I know a bunch of teammates that we all count on one another to be at our best and to work hard and to put the team first. And that’s what you commit to and that’s what you want your teammates to commit to as well.
And I was a part of an amazing organization that taught me so many great things over 20 years in New England. And I was a part of a great college that it was always about the team. And when I got to the Bucs I’ve had nothing but a great experience here.
I just, I want to keep fighting as hard as I can and I’m always trying to do better. I’m always trying to work hard and I’m always trying to commit more to the things that are important to me. And this team is very important to me and I certainly want to be the best I can be for them”.