He continued, “At the same time … I feel very good about my decision. I don’t know how I’ll feel six months from now.” Brady shared that he wants “to make the best possible decision I can in the moment, which I did this last week.” “And, again, I think it’s not looking to reverse course, I’m definitely not looking to do that. But in the same time I think you have to be realistic that you never know what challenges there are gonna be in life,” he added. “Again, I loved playing. I’m looking forward to doing things other than playing. That’s as honest as I can be with you there, Jim.” Brady also shared that he’s “very humbled” by the tributes and recognition he received after sharing the big news.
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“I’m grateful for all the amazing relationships that I’ve had,” Brady continued. “What it means to me is I’ve impacted people’s lives and certainly they’ve impacted mine, too.” He captioned a photo of himself playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, “I’ve done a lot of reflecting this past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”