Tom Brady breaks silence on retirement rumors

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

Tom Brady addressed the rumors of his retirement on his podcast saying he’ll make the decision when the time is right for him.

The NFL is no stranger to quarterback decision-making over the future taking up a whole offseason.

Brett Favre’s retirement and unretirement was a rollercoaster. So was Aaron Rodgers’ dispute with the Packers last summer. Now football has a new, complicated, “Will he or won’t he?”

Tom Brady Retirement Watch is here and the Bucs quarterback knows it.

Tom Brady retirement decision will come when it comes

Brady appeared on the “Let’s Go!” show and clarified some of the talk around his supposed retirement, which was reported on Saturday by Adam Schefter.

“I’m responsible for what I say and do, and not responsible for what others say or do,” Brady said of the rumors, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. “One thing I learned about sports is you control what you can control. What you can’t, you leave to others.”

For the record, Brady is not retired. He’s still in the decision-making process.

“There’s a lot of interest in when I’m going to stop playing. I understand that. It’s not that I don’t recognize that,” Brady said, per Auman. “When I know, I’ll know. And when I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m not going to race to some conclusion about that.”

So the timeline is anyone’s guess. For what it’s worth, he doesn’t plan to string people along. He’s just going to take it “day by day.”

“I think when the time is right, I’ll be ready to make a decision, one way or the other, just like I said last week,” Brady said, per Jenna Laine of ESPN. “I understand my decision affects a lot of people’s lives so when that decision comes, it’ll come.”

Tom Brady Retirement Watch lives on.

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