Tom Brady’s 23rd NFL campaign may be the most mysterious after a strange period of the season

Tom BradyCareer is expected to continue, officially, at least, as we used to — it will fit into the 23rd NFL season on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Bucs visit the Dallas Cowboys.

Tom Brady’s personal life is, officially, at least, mostly a mystery. There have been some tangible developments in this off season, including retirement and not retireSkip the spring work, The starring role in the Tampering scandal in Miami And the 11-day absence from bootcamp (with an excuse)…not to mention the reports of marital discord and Costa Rican complexes.

But who really knows?

As Brady notes“I’m 45, man. There are so many [expletive] Ongoing, so you just have to try to figure out life in the best possible way.”

yes. Yes it is and yes it certainly is.

How one affects the other, though, is what no one knows as the final season of one of football’s all-time greats approaches.

Some men face a midlife ‘crisis’ by buying a Porsche. Instead, Brady became the biggest mystery in the NFL.

He’s been a stranger off the season for Tampa Bay Book quarterback Tom Brady. Will he be ready to go when the season starts Sunday against Dallas? (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Keep in mind that over the weekend, Bucs coach Todd Bulls was asked if he thought Brady was “everything” of the season, which is only worth posting because it’s perfectly reasonable to question even a player accused of being very ‘All in’ in football, ‘All in all’ is not enough.

“It’s been everything since we got it,” Bowles said. “He’s in everything now.”

This is the man who brought avocado ice cream into the national consciousness, after all.

“As you get older, life changes a little bit,” Brady said on his “Let’s Go” podcast on Monday, speaking of the situation. “There are different responsibilities taking shape in your life. There are different perspectives that you gain.

“When I was 25 years old, all I did was think about football,” he continued. “That was my life. He ate, slept, drank soccer… With time, other priorities evolve [and] … You dedicate time and energy to these things.”

Last season, Brady led the NFL in both passing (5,316) and touchdown (43) yards, and was ranked as the #1 player in the league by his peers, according to the NFL Network. Los Angeles Rams if not for At the last minute, a landing engine led by Matthew Stafford.

There is no reason to think that much will change this season. Except that everything seems to be changing this season, including Brady’s willingness to talk about work/life balance challenges that may or may not lead to New York Post stories about his marriage.

“You always have a big camera,” Brady said on the podcast. “You live your life and you live your sporting life too. They cover sports, but they cover your life too. And you can’t stop your life even though sports happen…

“So even though I’m playing in my 23rd year, I have a freshman in high school who also plays football,” Brady said. “I have a 12-year-old going through his life. I have a 9-year-old who is living her life. I have two parents. I have a lot of really important things in pursuits and goals that she’s trying to maximize as well.

“So we all have different things going on and I think once the football season comes around, I really believe in what I need to do and how I need to focus.”

Take it all, including who’s and what’s not mentioned, and what’s worth. Everything is reasonable. It’s also a new level of introspection from TB12.

It’s an off-season piece that’s newsworthy.

Retirement/Undelegated Outside was weird – “I felt like I had a little bit left. And I want to give it a try,” Brady said about the decision. It’s not that the player was hesitant, it is Tom Brady It was indecisive. The man is a systematic planner, not an emotional decision maker.

Then there was the doodling scandal in Miami, where it was revealed that during Brady’s last season in New England he was in contact with Dolphin to join the team.

The The NFL found Brady engaged In “numerous and detailed conversations” with Miami CEO Bruce Bell as part of Dolphins’ “unauthorized communications”. This included a reported visit to owner Stephen Ross’ yacht that made then-Dolphins coach Brian Flores uncomfortable, according to court documents.

Brady faced no discipline in the case, but, again, was he really chatting with a squad competitor while he was still in Foxboro?

Then there is the Bulls’ rise to the position of boxing coach. There was enough speculation that Brady was somehow involved in the retirement of Bruce Arians, that Brady himself addressed whether there was any truth to their deteriorating relationship.

“Absolutely zero,” Brady said. “[Bruce] And I have a wonderful relationship.”

Meanwhile, he has already accepted his next job, a $375 million 10-year deal with Fox Sports, which began not at the start of the 2023 season, but when he stops playing.

Finally, there’s all the personal stuff, which can’t be fun no matter the level of truth.

Maybe all smoke is just smoke. Or maybe not. Skipping 11 days of training camp – while dismissed as no big deal by both the team and the quarterback – was against everything Brady has ever been about.

Preparing is something for him. Time with his mates is his thing. Or it was.

So here we go, we enter Season 23 with a lot of discussion about the level of commitment of perhaps the most committed footballer of all time.

He’s at least Brady’s fiercest offseason since 2016, when he fought the NFL in federal court over the Deflategate scandal only to end up serving a four-game suspension to start the season.

No one was sure what to expect at that time either. There was a lot of chatter about focus and priorities, too.

Brady went 14-1 as a starter and won the Super Bowl.