Tom Brady He said in his podcast that he is “still going through this process” and has not decided when to announce his plans about playing or retiring.
Brady said on the last episode of his movie “Let’s Go!” Podcast with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray, released Monday. “I think when the time is right I will be ready to make a decision one way or another, just as I said last week.”
When asked if he had a schedule, Brady said, “I don’t know. I’ll know when the time comes. Like I’ve always said, I’m very happy to play as long as I have it. In the later parts of my career…There’s a lot of interest when I stop playing.” I understand it. When I know, I will know. When I don’t know, I don’t understand I don’t know. I won’t race to come to some conclusion about that.”
ESPN, citing sources, reported Saturday that Brady will be retiring from the NFL. Sources told ESPN that Brady knew that an NFC game against the Los Angeles Rams was likely to be the last, and that he spent time after the match preparing for an announcement. ESPN also reported that it was not known when Brady would formally finalize his plans to retire, but that he wouldn’t do so to beat NFL post-season games, including the Super Bowl.
His agent, Don Yi, said in a statement sent Saturday to members of the media, “I understand the preconceived speculation about Tom’s future. Without delving into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what is being reported, Tom will be the only person expressing his plans with complete accuracy.” He knows the realities of the football business and the planning calendar as well as everyone else, so that should be soon.”
ESPN also reported that Buccaneers executives and coaches were preparing for Brady’s retirement.
Also in “Let’s Go!” Podcast, Brady was asked if he was surprised by the reports and said, “It’s always good to talk that I’m responsible for what I say and do, and I’m not responsible for what other people say or do. I think one thing I’ve learned about sports is that you control what you can control, and what you don’t.” You can leave it to others. We’re in such an age of information and people want to be in front of the news a lot and I totally understand that. I realize that’s the environment we live in. But I think for me it’s literally about day in and day out. I’m just trying to do my best I do my best every day, assessing things as they happen, and trying to make a great decision for me and my family.”
When asked if he felt anything overstepped, he said, “No… it’s not for me to control these things. There were some very important matches this weekend, and I know how hard these guys worked to prepare for that. I was actually A little frustrated that…playing a part of what happens in NFL football, which for me has been a great sport.The focus should be on those great games.I was trying to have a nice weekend.It didn’t quite happen that way because my phone is busy Really, but that’s just part of being in the situation I’m in.”
Brady said he enjoys “relieving the pressure” after the season, although he wishes he was still playing.
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