After a career unlike any other in the professional sports industry, Tom Brady’s return to the league for this upcoming season had fans shocked.
Brady’s successes have left him with nothing to prove, but many believe that he still has more to give to the game, thus prompting him to continue playing until he feels he cannot fully commit to the sport.
At 45 years old, Brady has a family that he wants to spend time with, and this balance has already prompted him to take a hiatus from the league this early in the season.
An NBC Sports article highlights Brady’s struggle and his own thoughts on it.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback suggested as much last week following his 11-day hiatus from the team, telling reporters, “I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of s— going on.” There’s been speculation that Brady is having some marital trouble, with the New York Post’s Page Six reporting that his wife, Gisele Bundchen, is upset with Brady’s decision to return for a 23rd season after initially retiring in February.
Brady didn’t address that speculation head-on but did discuss the struggles of balancing football and family Monday on a new episode of the “Let’s Go!” Podcast with Jim Gray.
“You can’t stop your life even though sports is happening,” Brady told Gray. “Even though I’m playing in my 23rd year, I have a freshman in high school that is playing football, too. I have a 12-year-old that is going through his life. I have a 9-year-old that is going through her life.
“And I have parents, and I have a lot of things that are really important, off-field pursuits and goals that you’re trying to maximize as well.”
“We all have different things that are going on. And I think once football season comes, I really lock in on what I need to do and how I need to focus, and the kind of commitment I need to make for the organization so that we can maximize our potential as a team,” Brady added.”
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In many ways, Brady’s struggle is representative of the global obstacle of choosing career or family.
This is a conundrum that many encounter over the course of their lives, as the expectation that you have to choose one or the other still carries weight.
While Brady’s career is heavily involved and takes him away from his family through travel, many careers do not.
Outside of the professional sports world, business owners and employees don’t have to make the choice between career and family because automation exists to aid in their processes.
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