How could Tom Brady qualify during the NFL season?

Back in February, Bucs quarterback and potential copywriter Tom Brady announced his retirement by tell the world He needs to “concentrate my time and energy on other things that require my attention.” It was a less compelling reiteration of the “I want to spend more time with my family” sentiments that every famous man tosss around whenever he retires, goes on a casual vacation, or quits in disgrace but doesn’t want to admit any of the bad bits.

So it was all too easy for the general public to ignore Brady’s justifications for leaving the NFL, and throw off the idea of ​​him retiring. Do you know how many instances of public outcry I have witnessed in my life? I won’t believe myself until the day I retire. Everything about Brady’s brief stint as a retiree reeks of cheating, especially after Bruce Ariane was kicked upstairs, and after the bizarre charges against dolphins for courting Brady to be a player/owner, came to light. He did not plan to retire at all.

Perhaps he should have told his family about this because there were already other things that required Brady’s attention for 40+ days – his wife Gisele Bundchen and the couple’s children. From CNN on Thursday:

Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl quarterback who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his wife Bundchen, a model, are dealing with ‘marital issues,’ according to a source close to the couple.

“The two are currently living apart,” another source close to Bundchen told CNN.

This has been in the ether for a while now. After reporting to a training camp with the Bucs, Brady stayed on the team for 11 days, which fans like me initially read as a legendary veteran using some of his influence to get through boring pre-season rituals. But then, Ian Rapoport reported over the weekend that Brady went uninterrupted not because he just wanted to relax but because he basically had to save his marriage.

“As for his 11-day layoff, sources say Brady spent the greater part of it in the Bahamas at a private resort with his family, fulfilling a promise mid-retirement he made to his wife, Gisele, that he would vacation with them in August for the first time. Two decades ago.”

If you don’t see a difference between Brady’s desire to relax and Brady flying to the Bahamas to be with his model wife, I must remind you that when the incredibly wealthy have serious problems, they don’t magically become ugly people hanging out in a 6 hotel. They are still very hot, still confining themselves to luxurious accommodations, even as their lives crumble around them. And here I turn to People magazine – which is really the only news source I trust – which quotes a source, potentially named Fisele Mundchen, as saying that Brady’s wife made it clear He can’t play football Once the 2022 season ends.

“She doesn’t hate that he plays football, but she definitely hates the way he handled retirement and coming back. … He can’t do that again.”

Not just enough He lives Separately, Brady and Bundchen also organized light media tours to separately Confirms That Brady sacrificed so much of his time to be the greatest soccer player in history and that his family is tired of him. Here’s the Bundchen to Elle:

“I did my part, which is [to] be there for [Tom]. I moved to Boston, and focused on creating a cocoon and loving environment for my children to grow in and being there to support him and his dreams.”

I mentally add the word “reluctantly” before each verb in this passage. Now, I’m a shameless gossip and a cheerful hater in equal measure, and Lord knows I’ve spent a lot of time and a few dollars in my Brady over the past twenty years. But in the end, everything that happens between him and his wife is less exciting than another example of someone in the NFL — whether it’s a player, coach, or front office executive — sabotaging their lives because they refuse to quit the sport. Nobody had more license than Tom Brady to quit football. He has more Super Bowl titles than any other QB team. He has more than $300 million in career earnings and is still ready to nearly double that amount once he joins the Fox broadcast booth after he retired retired. He was also the leading passer in the NFL last year, in his age 44. So the idea of ​​him picking another year to play the Bucs on a divorce alarm is so banal and so common that it’s really unpleasant to even think about. If King Tom Brady can’t have it all, what are your chances or mine?

On the field, Brady played a lackluster game against Dallas Sunday night: a game that Buck’s team won mostly because the Cowboys were so horrible. In a post-game interview, NBC’s Melissa Stark did everything she could to give Brady a chance to get rid of all the “stuff that happens” (her words) and do his entire “Man in the Arena” routine, but the guy just seemed like the exhaust king. See for yourself.

He has another 17 weeks ahead of this, and I can’t say he looks like he’s looking forward to it. Crossing out Tom Brady has always been an exercise in stupidity. He had never seen his skills dwindle. The only time he was seriously injured was 15 years ago. When he said he wanted to play until the age of 45 (his current age), it seemed like an understatement. But perhaps now, his heart is really not in this state. He may have made a mistake, and he may have been trying to maintain his family’s aspirations and title aspirations for another five painful months more than Tom Brady can handle. More than any human can handle, really. I still don’t see any reason to suspect the man, but I’m not the one who suspected him important here.