As he prepares to deal with the rigors of another grueling NFL season, Brady explains how his life evolves as he gets older.
“As you get older, life changes a little bit,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback said on the “Let’s Go” podcast on Monday. “There are different responsibilities taking shape in your life. There are different perspectives that you gain.
“When I was 25, all I did was think about football. That was my life. It was eating, sleeping and drinking football. It was my profession. It was my career. Over time, other priorities evolve because you change and evolve through life and grow in ways different. You take on these different family responsibilities, obligations, etc. and dedicate time and energy to these things.”
Brady described the “big camera” he felt focused on him at all times, as he checked out his footballing life as well as his personal life and the accompanying scrutiny.
“You can’t stop your life even though sports happen. Even though I’m playing in my 23rd year, I have a freshman in high school who also plays football,” he said. “I have a 12-year-old who is going through his life.
“I have a 9-year-old going through her life. I have my parents, and I have a lot of really important things, off-field assignments and goals that she’s trying to maximize as well. Once football season comes around, I really believe in what I need to do and how I need to focus and kind The commitment I need to the organization, so we can maximize our potential as a team.”
The seven-time Super Bowl winner has been philosophical about how he handles the pressure that comes with being the biggest star in the NFL and his changing life.
“I don’t think life is the ultimate happiness,” he said. “I don’t think life is always the ultimate pain. I don’t think life is the ultimate struggle.”
“Your life ebb and flow; through the clouds, through the sun, through the rain, and through the fine days. And you appreciate the moments and find joy in the little things.”
After his solo pre-season game on August 27, Brady told reporters “there are a lot of problems” when asked about his 11-day absence from training camp.
And although others have suggested that Brady lost his passion for playing, he was unequivocal in his dedication to performing on the court.
“I felt like I stayed a little bit and wanted to give it a try and I owe that to my teammates, our amazing coaches and our whole organization,” he said. “We’ve built something very special here in Tampa over the past few years.
“And we were so close last year, at the end of last year, we lost to the Super Bowl champions, and they made a few more plays than we did in that game. The competition is still burning and I want to get out I wish everyone a great season because there are so many people who have supported me on the All the way and I always felt like I played for the name on the back of my shirt and I played for the name on the front of my shirt which is Bucs and my family.
“I think football has taught me a lot of great lessons over the years, it has brought me incredible relationships, I have some of the best memories from my life on the field and I have a feeling this year will be the same.”