Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has insisted he’s committed to playing through at least this season and isn’t thinking about embracing the type of retirement he initially announced in February.
“I said last week that there’s no immediate retirement in my future,” Brady explained during the latest edition of his “Let’s Go!” SiriusXM program and podcast, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Brady was referencing how he recently declared that he’s not considering retiring imminently after radio hosts, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms and Florio all said they thought the seven-time Super Bowl champion may not finish the ongoing campaign as an active player.
“There was a retirement in the past, but I moved on from that,” Brady continued in his latest comments on the subject. “But certainly not, you know, I’ve never, you know, I made a commitment to this team and I love this team and I love this organization. I told them in March I was playing and I’ve never quit on anything in my life. And I know a bunch of teammates that we all count on one another to be at our best and to work hard and put the team first. And that’s what you commit to and that’s what you want your teammates to commit to as well. And I was a part of an amazing organization that taught me so many great things over 20 years in New England. And I was a part of a great college that it was always about the team. And when I got to the Bucs I’ve had nothing but a great experience here.
“I just, I want to keep fighting as hard as I can and I’m always trying to do better. I’m always trying to work hard and I’m always trying to commit more to the things that are important to me. And this team is very important to me and I certainly want to be the best I can be for them.”
After the Buccaneers lost 21-3 at the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday to fall to 3-4 on the season, NFL Network host Kyle Brandt became the latest noteworthy person to suggest Brady could ride off into the sunset at some point this fall amid rumors claiming that he and wife Gisele Bündchen are experiencing marital problems and have allegedly hired divorce attorneys.
Neither Brady nor Bündchen have publicly confirmed information shared in the numerous stories regarding their supposed split. For now, the 45-year-old seems happy to concentrate on leading the Buccaneers into the upcoming “Thursday Night Football” home game versus the 4-3 Baltimore Ravens.