Tom Brady, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made his first public remarks following an 11-day absence to attend to what have been referred to as “personal concerns,” saying on Saturday that he “feels fine” and that leaving the team was not a difficult choice.
“It’s all about you. Everyone is coping with various circumstances “explained Brady. “Each of us faces incredibly distinct problems in life. Man, I’m 45 years old. There is a lot of crap happening. Just have to do your best to navigate life. It is an ongoing process.”
Brady responded, “I’m ready to go,” when asked whether he was able to address the issues he needed to during his time away and if he is now in a better place.
Brady thanked the Buccaneers for their support in enabling him to take the lengthy sabbatical so close to the start of the regular season since he had planned the break in advance and obtained permission from the organization. Additionally, he subtly refuted speculations that he wished to play elsewhere.
Brady stated, “I think it’s been fantastic since I joined this organization — it’s just been an amazing experience for me to come to this place and be as supported as I have for a long time.” “I read all these accounts of the various locations I should have or could have visited. And I said, “I was only going to go to one place, and that was here.” I believe everyone in this company is aware of that.”
Brady was ready to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders before joining the Buccaneers in 2020, according to UFC president Dana White last week. White claimed Brady even went so far as to look for a property in Vegas, but the arrangement was scuttled by former Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
The Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross talked to Brady and his agent Don Yee about joining their team in December 2021, according to an NFL investigation. Ross received a $1.5 million penalties for making improper contact. Brady received no punishment.
“I made the proper decision for me based on all the chats we’ve had over the course of time. And I’m quite proud of the effort everyone has made to maintain the connection. Joel Glazer, owner and co-chairman, has been outstanding. I’m really close with Jason [Licht, the general manager]. All the coaches, including Todd Bowles and Bruce Arias.
It’s been a wonderful relationship, and I’m thankful to everyone for letting me come down here and take part in this aspect of my football life, which, looking back, would definitely have been lacking if I hadn’t had it. I’m content to have it.
Brady played one series against the Colts after participating in three days of full practice this week. The objective was to get him about ten plays. He completed 6 of his 8 throws for 44 yards, paving the way for Ryan Succop to make a 30-yard field goal.
The Buccaneers went no-huddle, and Brady completed six straight passes, including a 20-yard completion to Julio Jones, their first in-game connection, after wide receivers Tyler Johnson and Mike Evans’ incomplete receptions. Additionally, it was the first time almost the entire offensive starting lineup of the Bucs played together.