From the time they met back in 2006, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen had an instant connection, as they would later recall. The couple says that since the time they met, they haven’t gone a day without speaking to each other. Though they seem to enjoy a happy and healthy marriage, though, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen do still disagree, like any other couple.
It sounds like the one thing they routinely argue about is when Brady will retire from his record-setting career as a quarterback with the New England Patriots. Tabloids even claim that it’s a frequent topic of argument for the power couple. Ahead, discover what each of them has said about the disagreement .
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen argue about when he’ll retire
E! News reported in 2017 that Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen, seem to argue about when he should retire from his long NFL career. He said at the time that his goal was to play into his mid-forties. But, when CBS asked him whether Bündchen liked that plan, he didn’t give a definitive answer. “I think we go back and forth,” Brady said. “She’ll always say to me, ‘Well, ten years ago, you told me it was only gonna be ten years. And now it’s ten years, and now you’re saying another, you know, five years.'”
ABC reported in 2017 that Brady said, “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.” However, he said that he wasn’t ready to leave the game behind. “I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it.” Brady added, “I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So, I’m going to work hard to be ready to go, and I still plan on playing for a long time.”
Brady says he’s not worried about concussions
CBS also asked Tom Brady whether he worries about concussions, which Vox notes are “incredibly commonplace in professional football.” Repeated concussions and head impacts can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that seems to be “frighteningly prevalent” among former NFL players. And researchers have found that “Those who had played football longer were more likely to have worse brain damage,” Vox notes.
But Brady isn’t worried. “I don’t worry about ’em, no,” he told CBS when asked about concussions. “I mean, I’m not oblivious to ’em. Some of my idols had to retire because of head injuries. Yeah, I’m conscious of it, but I also love the sport so much, and I want to keep playing. And I’m gonna do everything I can to take care of my body in advance of the, you know, of the hits that I’m gonna take on Sunday.”
But Bündchen has a different attitude about the risks
Tom Brady may love the game too much to bump up his retirement date, the prevalence of concussions and the risks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy notwithstanding. But his wife seems to have a different attitude. She spoke to the press about her husband’s history of concussions. According to The Guardian, Bündchen said that “He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every. . . I mean, we don’t talk about it. He does have concussions.”
She added, “I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That could not be healthy for you.” Tom Brady later addressed the comments, and didn’t deny what his wife said about his medical history. He said, “She’s there every day. I mean, we go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I’m sore, she knows when I’m tired, she knows when I get hit.”