Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen opened up about his decision to end his retirement to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At the start of the NFL offseason, Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL, seemingly ending his career after 22 seasons. But in about one month, Brady retracted his retirement, announcing that he was returning for the 2022 season. During training camp, Brady took a break to take care of some personal things.
In an interview with Elle Magazine, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, spoke about his decision to end his retirement to play another season.
“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bundchen said, h/t ProFootballTalk. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
Gisele Bundchen reacts to Tom Brady’s decision to end short retirement to return to NFL
One year after winning his seventh Super Bowl title and his first with the Buccaneers, Brady was eliminated by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. Despite leading the team back to tie the game after countless mistakes by the Rams, Brady could only watch as Los Angeles marched down the field and kicked a last-second field goal to win. In that game, Brady was getting hammered by the Rams defense, getting sacked three times for a loss of 21 yards and hit a total of six times.
Upon his return to the team, Brady took an 11-day break in the middle of training camp. After the team’s preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts, Brady said of his time off “it’s all personal” and “I’m 45 years old. There’s a lot of s–t going on.”
Prior to the start of the Buccaneers’ season opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported that Brady had taken a family vacation in the Bahamas during the 11-day absence from training camp, their first vacation in two decades.
In Tampa Bay’s 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, Brady completed 18-of-27 pass attempts for 212 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Brady was also sacked two times for a loss of 17 yards.