“We all are going through stuff.” Tom Brady has had a difficult season in more ways than one. Beyond the daily pain meted out on the field (particularly for a 45-year-old quarterback), Brady’s third season with the Buccaneers has been marked by significant off-the-field challenges and adjustments, most significantly his divorce from Gisele Bündchen after 13 years of marriage.
Following the Buccaneers’ division-clinching victory over the Panthers on Sunday, Brady joined the Sirius XM podcast “Let’s Go!” with Jim Gray on Monday, discussing the different challenges and tribulations he’s faced in his 23rd year in the NFL.
“I think, you know, we all are going through stuff, you know, we’re people, and we’re all going through stuff, and obviously, we’re all professionals, and we wanna show up to work and do our best. And when you’re a professional, that’s what professional means,” Brady told Gray.
“You show up every day with the best possible attitude you can have,” Brady added. “You try to compartmentalize things and really focus on what your job is.”
Despite those off-the-field incidences and the Bucs’ slow start on the field, Brady has guided Tampa Bay back to the playoffs – Brady is presently second in the NFL with 4,610 passing yards on the season.
“That’s what life’s about. A lot of resilience, overcoming different obstacles over the course of the year, and then ultimately coming together for a common goal,” Brady said. “That’s why I love team sports. I always say, do you care about your team and the people on your team? And do you care about the mission? And that’s what makes a great teammate to me.”