How can Tom Brady get through this NFL season?

How can Tom Brady get through this NFL season?

In February, Bucs quarterback and possible replicant Tom Brady announced his retirement in tell the world that he needed to “focus my time and energy on other things that need my attention”. It was sort of an even less compelling iteration of the “I want to spend more time with my family” sentiment that every famous man throws out whenever he retires, or goes on an unofficial sabbatical, or resigns in disgrace. but does not want to recognize any of the bad bits.

So it was very easy for the general public to dismiss the reason Brady left the NFL and dismiss the very idea of ​​his retirement. Do you know how many public non-retreats I have witnessed in my lifetime? I won’t even believe myself on the day of my retirement. Everything about Brady’s brief stint as a retiree smacks of dishonesty, especially after Bruce Arians was kicked upstairs, and after bizarre tampering accusations against the Dolphins for courting Brady as a player/owner have been revealed. He never planned to retire.

Perhaps he should have told his family, because there really were other things that needed Brady’s attention for more than 40 days – his wife, Gisele Bundchen, and the couple’s children. From CNN Thursday:

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

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

It’s been in the ether for a while now. After reporting to training camp with the Bucs, Brady ghosted onto the team for 11 days, which fans like me first read as a legendary veteran using some of his influence to avoid tedious pre-season rituals. But then Ian Rapoport reported over the weekend that Brady took time off not because he just wanted to relax, but because he basically had to save his marriage.

“As for his 11-day hiatus, sources say Brady spent most of it in the Bahamas at a private resort with his family, fulfilling a mid-retirement promise he made to his wife, Gisele, that he would be vacationing with them in August for the first time in two decades.

If you see no difference between Brady wanting to relax and Brady flying to the Bahamas to be with his model wife, I have to remind you that when incredibly wealthy people get into serious trouble, they don’t magically become people. unsightly things lying around in a motel. 6. They’re still super hot and they still confine themselves to luxury accommodations, even as their lives crumble around them. And that’s where 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 that couldn’t play football once the 2022 season is over.

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

not content with just Direct separately, Brady and Bundchen also held small media tours to separately claim that Brady has sacrificed too much time to be the greatest football player in history and that his family is fed up. Here is Bundchen for Her:

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

I mentally add the word “reluctantly” before each verb in this passage. Now, I’m a shameless talker and a gleeful hater in equal measure, and heaven knows I’ve spent a lot of time and made a few bucks goofing off on Brady for the past 20 years. But ultimately, anything between him and his wife is less juicy than it’s another example of someone in the NFL — be it a player, coach, or front office executive — sabotaging their own life. because he refuses to quit this sport. No one has ever had more license to quit football than Tom Brady. He has more Super Bowl titles than any other QB. He has over $300 million in career earnings and remains on course to nearly double that amount once he joins Fox’s broadcast booth after to retire to retire. He was also the NFL’s leading passer last year, at age 44. So the idea that he would choose another year to play for the Bucs over a divorce ultimatum is so ordinary, so commonplace, that it’s really unpleasant to contemplate. If fucking Tom Brady can’t have it all, what chance do we or I have?

On the court, Brady had a lackluster game against Dallas on Sunday night: a game the Bucs won mostly because the Cowboys were so abysmal. In the post-game interview, NBC’s Melissa Stark did everything she could to give Brady a chance to cut out all the “stuff that’s going on” (his words) and do his whole routine.” Man in the Arena”, but the man just looked f—king EXHAUSTED. See for yourself.

He still has 17 weeks ahead of him, and I can’t say he looks impatient. Writing Tom Brady has long been an exercise in stupidity. He never saw his skills diminish. The only time he was seriously injured was 15 years ago. When he said he wanted to play until he was 45 (his current age), that was like an understatement. But maybe now his heart is really NOT in this shit. Maybe he made a mistake, and maybe trying to keep his family and his title aspirations intact in five more excruciating months is even more than Tom Brady can handle. More than any human can handle, really. I still see no reason to doubt this man, but I’m not the one whose doubt matters here.


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