Tom Brady has ‘zero regrets’ about un-retiring to play such a bad season

Since I don’t follow football whatsoever, I tend to believe whatever the internet tells me about Tom Brady’s current season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Back in February, Tom retired from the Bucs and everyone recognized that his historically amazing career had come to its natural close. Forty days later, Tom un-retired and said he was going to play with the Bucs for at least one more season, although it’s still open-ended – Tom has never said that this is even his last season. Anyway, from what I gather, the Bucs are having a TERRIBLE season. Like, one of the worst seasons of Tom’s career. And Tom has said that he has “zero regrets” about coming back to play.

Tom Brady says he has “zero” regrets about un-retiring to play another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, despite the team’s struggles in the first half of the NFL season. The 45-year-old superstar quarterback was asked his feelings about being 4-5 for the first time, sitting below .500, while speaking with reporters on Friday.

“I returned because I felt like I wanted to compete, and I spoke to the team about it, and they were excited to have me back,” Brady said. “I don’t really regret those types of things — I think when I commit to it, I mean it, and I do my best and try to give everything I can to this particular opportunity.”

When asked if he had any regrets, Brady responded, “Zero, no. Definitely not.”

Brady said Tampa Bay, which he won his seventh Super Bowl with in 2021, was better than the team had been playing.

“I think the frustrating part is we just haven’t played to the way we’re capable of playing — that’s for a number of different reasons,” Brady said. “This is a very important game for us — we have a bye week after this. It gives you a chance to kind of evaluate where you’re at, and I’d much rather evaluate being 5-5 than being 4-6. We’ve got to just win this game, and it’ll take care of that.”

[From People]

He said what he said. He doesn’t regret it. Will he eventually regret it? Perhaps. Should he regret it right now? Absolutely. When he’s looking back on his life and NFL career, will he be known as the Guy Who Didn’t Know When To Retire? The guy who threw away his marriage to an underwear model for football-in-his-40s? I think about this kind of stuff as compared to tennis too, because that’s the sport I follow – while tennis is brutal on players’ bodies, tennis players aren’t getting concussions. While I’m fine with athletes in general finding ways to extend their careers into their 40s, when your sport involves head injuries, CTE and concussions, that changes the whole “extending your career” conversation.

(Tampa Bay did beat the Seahawks last night, playing in Germany.)

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  1. Julia K says:

    “When I commit to it I mean it. ” Surely be wasn’t referencing his marriage.

  2. HeyKay says:

    TB has only football on his mind. It is his entire personality. He is in for a big crash when he finally does stop playing NFL. He has spent decades living NFL, like an addiction.

    Why does he not see the error in putting his family last? No sympathy for TB.

  3. Lizzie Bathory says:

    Not sure why, but this whole season I’ve felt like he’s lost weight. Not that a professional athlete can be frail, exactly, but he doesn’t look like he has in the past.

    • Mslove says:

      A lot of people have commented on his weight loss in the football world. It kind of makes you think he does regret his poor decisions regarding his marriage.

  4. HeatherC says:

    He unretired because he said he had “unfinished business.” Was the unfinished business showing he should have stayed retired?

  5. lucy2 says:

    I mean, of course he’s going to say that, he can’t say “I regret this” mid season, but I bet he kind of doesn’t really. He should regret what it did to his family, but he is so single minded about football.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    Even if he regrets it. He’s never going to admit it publicly.

  7. Solidgold says:

    Tom will not regret because I don’t believe his marriage was ever a priority.

  8. Jaded says:

    He’ll regret it when he starts exhibiting signs of CTE.

  9. K8erade says:

    Honestly, I think Tom will be left with a lot of regrets when he finally does retire and he only has his kids 50% of the time and his thoughts the other 50% of the time. One day he will realize the cost of playing this game whether it’s through getting CTE or whatever else life decides to throw at him.

  10. TheOriginalMia says:

    What unfinished business can a man, who has won the Super Bowl 7 freaking times, have? I’d respect him more (no I wouldn’t) if he said I like playing football and I want to continue playing until I’m carted off the field. He cratered his relationship with his wife because he loves playing football so much.

    He’s a moron, but I’m loving the fact that Tom Terrific has been Tom Average to Tom Sucks.

  11. jferber says:

    Well, he’s very Trumpian, so he never has regrets for how things he does turn out–particularly for other people.

  12. Alice says:

    New coach, series of injuries, lots goes behind the performance. He’s wise to not dwell on it.

  13. Duke says:

    She rebounded pretty quick, almost like it wasn’t about football. She blamed football because she wanted out, easy excuse. He’s 2-0 since the divorce, maybe she was the problem to begin with. TEAMTOM. #Thankyougisele.

    • Formal Gumby says:

      @Duke: wasn’t Giselle there for all his Super Bowl wins? That’s probably what you should be thanking her for. #TeamGisele #Idon’tactuallyknowthesepeople

    • ML says:

      Um @Duke, it is definitely a great deal about the football. To recap, Gisele has been saying that she wants TB to retire for the past 4-5 years. TB mentioned this in his Howard Stern chat back n 2018 for reference. Not a secret. According to TB and GB gossip sources, Gisele told him that he would be going on vacation to the Bahamas as promised this past August, or there would be an instant divorce announcement. Guess who missed a week and a half of training camp. He promised he’d quit and went back on his promise. She gave him every possibility to honor that promise and he did not. That is absolutely a major reason for their divorce.
      “Babe I love you second to how I love football,” is not a marriage-affirming argument for Gisele. Neither is going back to football knowing that she had plans for her life outside the home, which he didn’t appreciate.

      • Duke says:

        U know everyone else has significant others that have jobs? He works 6 months a year, has 6 months off. If people think this was all about football they are wrong. #Everyoneworks.

    • ML says:

      @Duke, Gisele (aka “the problem”) was there for 4 of TB’s super bowl wins. I’m pretty sure lots of NFL quarterbacks would appreciate that kind of a problem.
      Seriously, she’s been saying she’s been worried about his health and she had a bunch of work and environmental plans she put on hold for his career. His backing out of his retirement promise led to their divorce.

      • Duke says:

        U know everyone else has significant others that have jobs? He works 6 months a year, has 6 months off. If people think this was all about football they are wrong. #Everyoneworks.

    • AprilUnderwater says:

      You must be lost.

  14. Duke says:

    Divorce happens all the time and it sucks!! The fact that she is running around with a younger fitness instructor, good for her but if Tom was running around with a younger woman 2 weeks after the divorce people would go scorched earth on him and he would be a monster. I haven’t even heard a boo about Gisele, that’s your classic double standard. Don’t give me they are just friends, when I go down the Jersey shore with my kids I don’t take my planet fitness instructor. If he would be scolded for doing the same thing I find it comical that no one cares about her hanging, with her kids, with her new man so soon. TEAMTOM # Thankyougisele.

    • ML says:

      @Duke, I agree that divorce is painful and miserable and that it sucks! I hope you’re able to heal and that you and the kids have a good relationship.

      Do you remember that Tom Brady went to Vegas with Ben Affleck and his nanny? She was decked out in all of TB’s super bowl rings and rumors of TB’s cheating were quickly quieted when they were married… Unless you believe that cheating is okay for a guy, but it’s not okay for a woman, your comment pointing out GB being seen with a younger man after her divorce makes little sense.
      Gisele was the breadwinner in that family. Because of the nature of their work, she sacrificed a big part of her career so TB could play. TB was not giving her equal time when he was not playing: again in various interviews he himself stated that the season would end and he would turn to his other interests: he was not “not working” 6 months of the year.
      If their roles were reversed (TB as a male model who gives up his career for his athlete wife), would you view this the same way? If GB told TB that he could pursue what he wanted as soon as she was done and a few weeks after retiring she returned to her sport which also would force TB to put off doing what he wanted?

  15. Duke says:

    Oh I’m not divorced. I think your still missing the big picture, if tom was seen with someone this week, he would be destroyed and she would be the person that gave up everything and has to watch this unfold. What happened happened, I don’t care who’s fault it was, hers or his or both. It’s the fact that not one person has said oh look at Gisele already running around with someone, with her kids, while he has to watch. It’s a big time double standard!!! They just say good for her, it’s really embarrassing.

    • AprilUnderwater says:

      Hey @Duke, see that little button that says “Reply”? That’s how you continue a conversation on the internet. Not starting a whole new thread. #teamtech