Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady insisted he doesn’t regret not retiring to return for the 2022-23 NFL season ahead of the Buccaneers’ showdown against the Seahawks.
Brady and Co. will try to continue the turnaround from their bad season in a historic National Football League game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday — the first-ever on German soil.
The Buccaneers will have a renewed energy after a win against the LA Rams to take a three-game loss streak in Week 9.
But a 4-5 start to the season won’t have been what the seven-time Super Bowl winner had envisioned when he reversed his retirement decision earlier this year.
However, when asked if he has any doubts about returning to the field, Brady replied: “Nil, no. Certainly not.’
“I came back because I felt like I wanted to get involved and I’ve talked to the team about it and they were excited to have me back,” Brady added Friday at a well-attended press conference at a Bayern Munich facility. .
Tom Brady insisted he has ‘zero’ regrets about his decision to retire for this season
Brady and the Buccaneers have struggled this season and are currently 4-5 after Week 9
Brady has struggled through a tough 2022 due to divorce from ex-wife Gisele Bundchen (right)
“I don’t really regret that sort of thing — I think if I put in the effort, I mean it, and I do my best and try to give everything I can for this particular opportunity.”
He did admit, however, that he was frustrated with the way the Bucs played, and emphasized the importance of the match-up against the Seahawks.
“I think it’s frustrating that we just haven’t played the way we can – that’s for a number of different reasons,” Brady said.
“This is a very important game for us, after this we have a farewell week. It gives you a chance to evaluate where you are and I would much rather evaluate 5-5 than be 4-6.
“We just have to win this game and we’ll make sure of that. Seattle is going to challenge us – they have very talented players, players with good skills, they are good in defense… they create a lot of pockets and turnover. It’s a very good team – it’s going to be a very difficult game with hard noses.’
Brady’s struggles on the field are also amid problems in his personal life. In a well publicized split, he and ex-wife Gisele Bundchen recently announced their divorce.
The pair confirmed their split on October 28 after weeks of speculation. Brady announced that he was retiring from the NFL in February, only to turn around 40 days later and reverse the decision.
Many believed that Brady’s return to the NFL became a point of contention for Bundchen.
Brady and Bundchen confirmed their split on October 28 after weeks of speculation
Brady and Bundchen confirmed their separation in Instagram statements in October. She said her priority had “always” been the kids, but said the couple had “grown apart.” In his statement, Brady said the decision was “painful and difficult.”
It was speculated that Brady’s decision to retire from the NFL had been the cause of the disagreement, but a source revealed to DailyMail.com that it had no impact on the divorce.
A source confirmed to DailyMail.com in late September that their physical separation was unaffected by Brady’s move to rejoin his beloved sport.
The Bucs star said the divorce had been a “difficult” and “painful” decision that the couple made after “much consideration”.
Bundchen said, “Ending a marriage is never easy… we’ve grown apart.” She said she “wishes the best” for Brady, but confirmed the couple had “grown apart.”
“I feel blessed with the time we’ve had together and always wish Tom the best,” she said.
Both said they would continue to co-parent their two children together. The couple are expected to share custody of their two children, Vivian, nine, and Benjamin, 12. Tom also has a third son, 15-year-old son Jack with ex Bridget Moynahan.
After the divorce, Brady insisted his priority was to remain a father, talking about his ‘Let’s Go!’ podcast with Jim Gray.
“I think there are a lot of professionals in life who go through things that they deal with at work and that they go through at home,” Brady said.
Brady and Bundchen married in 2009 first in a quiet ceremony in Santa Monica, California, and then in Costa Rica, surrounded by friends and family. She was a Victoria’s Secret bombshell and he was a star player for the New England Patriots
The couple are expected to share custody of their two children, Vivian and Benjamin. Brady also has a third son from a previous relationship. They will be shown in February 2022, after he announced his retirement. Gisele embraced the decision – but he backtracked a month later
“The good news, of course, is that it’s a very friendly situation, and I’m really focused on two things: taking care of my family and especially my kids, and second, doing my best to win football matches.”
Despite the struggles off the field, Brady will cherish a “special” moment of it this weekend.
Brady will become the first quarterback to play a regular season game in four different countries: the United States, Mexico, England and now Germany with his start on Sunday.
He is 3-0 in international matches in his career and cherishes his experience playing these matches abroad.
And as a veteran in now both his home country and abroad, he had some advice for his teammates.
The Buccaneers should have a newfound energy after a win over the LA Rams Sunday
Brady and the Bucs warmed up in Bayern Munich facilities after landing in Germany
“I’ve told all my teammates that you won’t necessarily remember every game you play in your entire career, but you will remember this one. They’re very special,” Brady said.
“Just to go to another place and have an experience like this… When I’m older I’ll think about practicing there in that stadium and then playing in the Allianz Arena, which is great.
“Your whole life is made up of memories and experiences – to do it with the teammates and with the game I love … football has brought me many places in life and it has now brought me to Germany – I’m still here never been before. I’ll be back for sure.’