Throughout much of Tom Brady‘s illustrious career, he has been almost entirely private with his personal life, keeping that mostly away from the media involving football. As time has passed by, it has become more apparent that he has a strong connection toward his wife Gisele Bundchen and his three kids that has further impacted his career decisions the farther along he has moved forward. However, there hasn’t been much regarding the struggles he had with balancing between his family and football. Brady finally opened up about that situation in his life that forced him to change his mindset toward his craft.
Tom Brady’s NFL career
Over the last two decades, Brady has put together a historic career with the New England Patriots that has seen him earn the recognition as being arguably the greatest quarterback in league history.
The 42-year-old has had unrivaled success that has seen him set numerous NFL records along the way that have cemented him as a first-ballot Hall of Famer whenever he does choose to retire. There doesn’t appear to be any slowing down as he’s moving toward a new chapter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his 21st season and likely much further than his two-year, $50 million deal with the team.
That said, the influence of his family in his decision-making over the last several years has become more prevalent. It’s something that played a significant factor in him choosing to play with the Buccaneers so that he could remain closer to his son from a previous relationship.,
It has also seen his wife notably impact his football career over the last several years.
How Gisele Bundchen impacted Tom Brady’s NFL career
Brady has mostly kept his personal life under covers, but he has opened up a bit about decisions he had recently make to maintain that.
During an interview Wednesday morning on The Howard Stern Show, Brady discussed his need to take a step back from football to keep his marriage steady with his wife Gisele Bundchen that included skipping OTA practices with the Patriots.
“There was a couple years ago, she didn’t feel I was doing my part for the family. She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house, and then all the sudden when the season would end, that I’d be like, ‘Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.’ And she’s sitting there going, ‘Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?’
That was a big part of our marriage that I had to check myself. Because she’s like ‘I have goals and dreams too.’ So two years ago, I had to make a big transition in my life to say I can’t do all the things I wanted to do for football like I used to. The situation with my family wasn’t great.
She wasn’t satisfied with our marriage. So I needed to make a change in that.”
Brady hadn’t previously talked about that aspect of his life, but it shows that he had personal issues that came about due to his strong commitment to the game. It has brought more balance to his life and has allowed him to continue his NFL career. Like many others would have done in that situation, Brady put his family first.
Tom Brady’s strong family influence
The decision that Brady made involving OTAs shows the impact that his family has had his NFL career moving forward.
There is still a strong desire from him to continue playing several more years with reports suggesting that he could extend beyond age 45. What has become more apparent with that personal story from Brady is that his family will profoundly influence his decision-making process with what he plans to do for however much longer he intends to play.
That is a significant part of his life now and will remain so moving forward well beyond his football career.