Tom Brady says he is ‘near the end’ as he continues to hint at retirement



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tom brady commented on his latest podcast appearance that he is “near the end” of his NFL As a career he continued to hint at his retirement.

Brady, now 45, has had a tumultuous season, retiring in February only to later reverse that decision. In the middle of August training camp, Brady took an 11-day leave of absence to “deal with personal things,” according to his head coach, Todd Bowles.

Last week, Brady Told: “Life changes a lot as you get older. You have different responsibilities in life. You get different perspectives.”

The seven-time Super Bowl champion, in his regularly scheduled ‘Let’s Go!’ Speaking on the Tuesday podcast with co-host Jim Grey, he said he is “feeling more than things of the past for some reason” as he competes in his 23rd NFL season.

Brady prepares to field for the Books against the Cowboys.

“I’m really feeling my emotions very intensely,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Gray. “And I guess I always have that, but I feel like when you get closer to the end — and I don’t know where I am with that, but there’s no judgment to be made, it’s not that I have 10 years left, I definitely don’t have that.

“All this, I’m just never going to take it. I was only really slapped in the face once for saying: ‘Don’t get it’ when I injured my knee. And after that, I Came back and said: ‘It’s great to win. I love to win and I hate to lose, and I still do, but if you lose and you get off the ground healthy, there’s something to be gained from it’ May go.’ The thing is, if you get injured and you can’t be with your team, it really becomes mentally challenging and emotionally challenging.”

Brady and the Books starts the new season a . done with Comfortable 19-3 win over Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Although Brady said that “life is simpler when you’re in football season because there’s a rhythm to it,” he described waking up the day after the win on Monday morning with a bruise and cut on his arm. “Holy s**t, there were some hits,” he said.

“And you go: ‘Okay, how long do I want to make this commitment?’ And I’ve clearly made a commitment for this year and all these different aspects in the game are constantly being evaluated.”

Brady outlined how he now has “no margin of error” as a 45-year-old quarterback, compared to those 20 years his junior in terms of his physical preparation and recovery.

When Gray asked why he would consider retiring if he was still performing at a high level, Brady noted the effect of age on his priorities.

“When I was 25, there was the simplicity of 25 years of life,” Brady said.

Brady looks to throw against the Cowboys.

“And I think when you’re 45, and you have a lot of other commitments and obligations that are very important to you — namely kids growing up and things like that, that I’ve had in 23 years. It’s not Christmas and I haven’t had Thanksgiving in 23 years, I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people I care about who are born from August to the end of January. And I can’t attend funerals and I I can’t go to weddings.

“I think there comes a point in your life where you say: ‘You know what? I’ve had my fill and that’s enough more time to move on, to move on to other parts of life.’ ”

The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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