Gisele Bundchen wanted Tom Brady to retire last year, after he won the Super Bowl

After everything, I was really disappointed to see just how many football fans got online to tweet hate at Gisele Bundchen after her husband officially retired from the NFL. I’m not some Gisele stan at all, but don’t put this on her shoulders. She supported Tom as he played through his 30s and into his 40s. She was the one dealing with his annual concussions. She was the one going to his games and ignoring him as he went off on bro-trips to Las Vegas with Ben Affleck and the nanny. None of this is ON Gisele. That being said, Gisele is reportedly pretty happy that Tom finally retired, and sources tell People Magazine that she wanted Tom to retire last year.

Gisele Bündchen is ready to spend more time with her husband. Following Tom Brady’s retirement from the NFL, a source tells PEOPLE that the supermodel, 41, has been waiting for her husband to hang up his jersey for some time.

“Gisele has been hoping he would retire already for a few years, especially after he won the Super Bowl with the Bucs,” the insider tells PEOPLE. “She’s really happy because she would really worry about him. She hates seeing him get hit.”

The source adds that the dad of three is “just ready for the next chapter” with his family. “Every year he would weigh his options but this year felt different,” the source says.

Brady, 44, shares daughter Vivian Lake, 9, and son Benjamin Rein, 12, with Bündchen and son John “Jack” Edward, 14, with ex Bridget Moynahan.

[From People]

I was thinking about that yesterday: what if Tom had announced his retirement right after winning the Super Bowl last year? It would have been kind of perfect, the cherry on top of his career, and a way to leave the sport on the ultimate high. That being said, from where I sit, it’s not like Brady embarrassed himself on or off the field in the past year. He wanted to play and he did. It was fine. Anyway, of course Gisele wanted him to retire, but she still supported his decisions. That’s called… being married.

Gisele had her social media statement locked and loaded too!! She probably wrote this a few years ago.

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  1. Mrs Danvers says:

    Nice post. One Hundred Percent agree with you this morning!

  2. Bookie says:

    It is interesting that she acknowledged his time with the Patriots, but Tom did not.

    • Tanya says:

      He acknowledged them plenty when he went to Tampa Bay. Wouldn’t be surprised if he signed a one day contract just to officially retire a patriot.

      • Noo says:

        @Tanya I think that is a strange take. Brady wanted to retire with the Patriots and the reason why he left and went to the Buccs was because he and the Patriots could not come to terms on a contract that would see him to retirement in New England. Supposedly Belichick wouldn’t even meet with him face to face when he was leaving.

        He was welcomed and appreciated in Tampa “Tompa” Bay and developed a positive relationship with head coach Bruce Arians, and that’s where he has retired from as you could see and how he phrased his announcement. NFL is a mercenary game and business, I don’t see a lot of good feelings remaining between him and the Pats over that failed contract negotiation.

  3. Lena says:

    My take on this is always listen to the wife. Every man should.

  4. H says:

    She’s not my favorite person but she was just supporting her husband. Brady, I got issues with, but not Giselle.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    She wanted him to retire before last year and she has been incredibly patient and support of him since they got together. In Tom over Time she shared how he promised he would retire by 40 years old and he changed his mind. He admits to this and shows a lot of gratitude for how supportive an patient she has been. Even though she is a very wealthy woman who has help with her family she still has taken the burden of the work in their family. It’s his time to pick up the slack.

    • sunny says:

      This. I think if he was single he would continue to play and he had another amazing season but he was and is influenced by his family(as he well should be). Giselle has already compromised a lot for Tom and has been putting their family first, I don’t know how anyone could be annoyed that Tom is finally doing the same.

      On his podcast, before the news dropped he talked about how much it pains her when he takes hits. Again, she put up with witnessing that for like 15 years.

      Good for him for retiring and great for their family.

  6. Dee says:

    Tom’s company was in such dire straits, though! Tom Brady’s sports performance and nutrition company received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $960,855 from the federal government, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration. But then he bought a new yacht and got $50 million for his two years with the Bucs. So shady.

    • candy says:

      But, but, trickle down economics!

    • It Really Is You, Not Me says:

      I have been wondering if Tom Brady would be a good fit for a coaching position. He’s clearly very inspirational to do a lot of players. I wonder why More former players go the sportscaster or endorsement route than into coaching , especially someone who still has competitive drive. Any insight on why that is?

      • Clsarah says:

        As someone who is married to a college football coach I can provide my thoughts on it – my guess is there are two reasons: Many NFLers are already in their late 20s/early 30s when they leave the field and that is a late start for coaching. A lot of those guys start in college GA jobs at 22 or 23 and they are ultra-competitive. Also, coaching is a grind – especially in the NFL the coaches are working longer, more boring hours than the players and get little of the glory (other than the head coach or some coordinators). If a player is financially set after their career – why subject yourself and your family to that? That being said, I think those are the main reasons in general you don’t see more of it but Tom Brady is not your typical player so they don’t apply to him lol.

      • Noo says:

        +1 @clsarah and respect to you and your family for the college coaching lifestyle!

        I don’t think people realize how all consuming football coaching is and especially at NFL level, it’s 24/7, 365 days per year and very ruthless for the coaches getting fired all the time (see Brian Flores) and having to move their families around too. To be able to win at that level as a coach is a massive accomplishment considering the relentless level of competition in the NFL and how many uncontrollable factors are at play too.

        Out of 32 head coaches I may be wrong but I think only two are former NFL players, Mike Vrabel and Frank Reich. Anecdotally I feel like I see more former NFL players in the defensive coaching positions?

        If you’re a charismatic and well spoken former player and you like to talk, then you can have a great broadcasting career, and while that’s not easy it’s certainly lower stakes and less time investment than being a coach!

    • betsyh says:

      I never understood the Paycheck Protection Program loan program. So many people got loans without ever intending on paying them back.

  7. Eurydice says:

    She wanted him to retire back when he was with the Patriots. I think family was a big reason behind his retirement, but I also think it’s because the Bucs will be in rebuilding mode. He could come back after the Superbowl because the Bucs were able to keep the team together to make another run. But after this season, many of the players will be moving on to higher salaries, the coaches might be moving on the head coach positions and Brady would working with a lot of new players. Still, nobody can say he didn’t play at the highest level this past year. I wish him and his family all the best.

    • LightPurple says:

      They were always very upfront with the fact that she wanted him to leave football back when they first got married. She saw no need for it.

      I suspect the situation with his parents may also play a part in retirement now. They are getting older and both have had serious health problems. He has always been very close to his parents and sisters. When he first came to the Patriots, at least two of his sisters moved to Boston and shared his first apartment with him. His parents were the ones who reached out to Bridget’s parents to broker a truce over Jack when Bridget was saying she would never let him see the baby and wouldn’t take child support from him.

      • Truthiness says:

        I will always think that the prevalence of CTE injuries and Brady’s concussions played a role in his retirement. The NFL has a big problem with CTE injuries that is always given short shrift. Even high school football players have been diagnosed with it. Bob Costas the caster was forced to retire after saying that it is an NFL problem that has to be looked into. Tom & Giselle don’t know how his brain health will go in the next decades, I hope he stays well.

  8. Melissa says:

    Brady will never leave the limelight. He’s too used to being a celebrity.
    Enough with these two egomaniacs.

    • Eurydice says:

      Odd, because he’s almost never in the limelight unless he’s on the football field, and he’s a celebrity there because he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.

  9. Kelsey says:

    When are a man’s decisions NOT put on a woman? Smh.

    Mess. Good for him, I know she’s happy. People blaming her as if he isn’t an aging 40-something year old man (NOT old but old enough when it comes to high contact sports, c’mon now) who is already retiring later than a lot of players can fuck right off.

  10. souperkay says:

    I don’t know, I saw on twitter the gif of his team photos for all 22 seasons & there’s a smile that drops from his face near the end, and his last team photo, none at all. I also saw the locker room footage post super bowl win last year where Tom is methodically packing his gear while everyone else is still on a high from winning.

    I have no doubt that he wanted to play football and he wanted to win. I also have no doubt he has been paying for playing & winning so long with injuries. I don’t think he can play through the pain anymore.

  11. HeyKay says:

    If he had retired right after the SB win last year, it would have been very “Cinderella moment” IMO. Classic movie happy ending.

    I will never understand why multi-millionaires don’t stop working and spend their time traveling and enjoying their families.

    My dream would be a lovely farm in the countryside, with staff who do the actual work of the farm. Me and the kids would hang around with everybody, etc.

    TB will be fine in retirement.

  12. Jaded says:

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to be married to a top level athlete. I dated an NHL hockey player in my youth for about 9 months and I gotta tell you it was no piece of cake. Their sport is their obsession. The training is endless, the travel exhausting, the bars and booze and groupies a constant. Injuries are frequent and, at times, so bad the players either have to take time off to heal or never get back to playing. That’s what happened to the fellow I dated and he was so devastated he sank into drinking and codeine addiction. So the shade being thrown at Giselle for demanding he retire is not warranted at all.

  13. Molly says:

    I throw this in the same pile of flaming misogyny that is Brittany Matthews online hate.

    These are their spouses/partners and mothers of their children, and if they want to cheer their faces off or publicly declare they’d prefer their husband was home instead of getting his brains scrambled, the rest of world needs to mind its own business.