TAMPA, FL – Buccaneers full-back Tom Brady was adamant on Thursday that he had no quarrel with former coach Bruce Aryan, who announced his retirement shortly after Brady announced his return.
However, he did not deny reports that spoke to the British newspaper The Guardian about the Miami Dolphins joining their organization in some capacity, and indicated that he would not pressure the arbitrator and good friend Rob Gronkowski to return times not.
“Nothing at all,” Brady said of the Arians. “He and I have a good relationship. Part of the reason I chose here was because of Bruce. I mean, we were – good communication – I have great respect for him. He knows how I feel about him – that’s the most important thing. And I know how he feels about me. ”
As for the Dolphins, who were reportedly interested in getting Brady on board in a reception desk and / or as a quarterback, even though he was under contract with the Buccaneers for another season, Brady said: “I have a lot During the last three or four years of my career, I had several opportunities when I finished playing football, so I made a decision about what I would like to do, and I’m going to play football.
“I think the most important thing for me is where I am now and what I hope to do for this team. It was my dedication to this team and this organization. It has been so much fun for me to come here for almost 2½ years now and it has been an incredible part of my football journey. And it’s not over. ”
With Gronkowski, who lured Brady out of retirement for the 2020 season in Tampa, the two came together for this informal season of throwing sessions. But Brady did not indicate Wednesday in which direction Gronkowski was leaning.
“I think it depends entirely on him and we would all like to play with him, but he has to make the best decision himself and he knows it,” said Brady. “Anyone who cares about him knows he is doing what is right for him, whoever is trying to figure it out – we do not have a boat camp for about six weeks, so he has to do whatever he does to find out. I think we will. Be hopeful, and if he does not do it, we still have to go there and find out what to do. ”
Brady also opened up about his decision to retire, which he announced on February 1, and not to retire, which he announced on March 13th. Family has been instrumental in both, as his priorities have changed since he became a husband and father of three, and even acknowledged that he needs to improve in those areas.
“It’s very easy when you’re 25 to know what you want to do next year,” Brady said. “It is very difficult when you are 43 or 44, because there are other urgent things and other things that are really important in your life, such as your children, your wife, different relationships, things that have always taken the back seat of football. . I think this is how it went for me, it’s hard and I have to work on these things.
“I think when the football season starts, everyone knows it is 100% football. It’s just the way it should be and it’s a big commitment you have to make. And to play every game, you have to practice hard. We have to practice hard at 44, and it’s a big commitment to try to make those decisions – [they] They have their challenges. It was not like I was 25, but I do not think any of us feel like we were when we were 25.
Luckily, and with good reason, there are parts where I live I am not 25 and there are other parts where I wish I could feel more like twenty-five, but I have a very complex and difficult life of different sides – I just try to get through it in the best way I can. ”
Can he feel happy and away from professional football or will you always define him?
Brady said: “I fell in love with the sport when I was a little kid and I still think there is a lot of love for it. I think I will always be unhappy. ” “Besides that – I’m going to stay in football now, it’s pretty clear. So, it’s going to be fun. I look forward to it whenever it happens and when I decide to make that decision and quit – I think there are a lot of things about me that are not ultimately out of the normal season. I have to find out what it would look like, which was very interesting to me. … should be a smoother transition than I thought. “
The Bucs lost 30-27 to the Rams in an NFC playoff game on January 23rd. Some of his teammates felt that Brady would not be able to stay away due to the loss, while others were convinced that it was the end that was reaching the off-season.
“I kind of knew. “I probably told him two days after the game – I was impressed,” he said.[Tom]We can not get out like that, “said full-back Leonard Fournette. “He agreed with me. We left a lot of mistakes on the field that kind of spoiled us. We played catch the whole game. I think as a champion I knew he would not want to go out like that for his legacy. “
“I was here,” said spokesman Mike Evans, pointing to the floor, “and then I came here. I had no reason to believe he would return. He did it all, made a lot of money and had the best career ever. And he still wants to play. He loves this game and he loves his teammates and he wants to win. He said it had a bad taste in his mouth – there was one in his mouth too. I’m glad we got it back for at least another year. ”
Brady did a lot in his 40-day retirement. He started working on his new BRADY clothing line, filming two movies, appearing on TNT’s “The Match” golf outing and agreeing to a $ 375 million television deal with Fox Sports to become an analyst after retiring. But somehow he still manages to stay in top form.
“We still have a lot to do,” Brady said. “I have a long life ahead of us and there are many fun things to do in the future, and I look forward to what comes in football, but at the same time none of us are promised what we have. now. This is the current moment and I am very excited to go there to try and compete and win the championship. ”