Tom Brady spent his first divorced Christmas alone in a hotel. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played on Christmas Day, so Tom was focused on that, all while Gisele Bundchen took their kids to Brazil to celebrate the holiday with her family. I assume Bridget Moynahan had Jack in New York on Christmas day as well. Tom spoke about his Christmas plans last week in a podcast interview:
“I’m gonna learn how to deal with Christmas Eve in a hotel, and I’m gonna have to learn how to deal with Christmas and Christmas night and still go out there and be a professional,” he said when asked what he “learned from this football season.” “It’ll be a new experience that I’ve never had before that I’m gonna learn how to deal with … I think that’s what life’s about.”
Brady, who will join his Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field on Christmas Day, will instead spend time with his kids on Dec. 26.
“And then look forward to celebrating Christmas with my kids the day after, which is, you know, just part of what football season has been for a long time,” he continued. “So it’s just, again, emotional aspects that allow us to thrive.”
Is that sad-sack enough for you? For what it’s worth, Gisele brought the kids back to Florida so that Tom could spend some time with them after Christmas. It also looks like Tom had to do all of the Christmas preparations himself, from decorating the house to putting up the stockings and shopping for his kids. In case you’re wondering if Tom is starting to understand all of Gisele’s emotional labor and childrearing labor he gave up for football, the answer is no, he still doesn’t get it. He gave another interview about whether he’s now ready to retire from football.
Tom Brady fans can rest easy that the GOAT quarterback doesn’t seem to be retiring anytime soon, despite a discouraging season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The NFL star, 45, joined co-hosts Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald on his Let’s Go! weekly podcast Monday to discuss the season and his near-future with football.
“I think next time I decide to retire, that’s it for me,” Brady said with a laugh, as he famously “unretired” from the sport 40 days after temporarily calling it quits earlier this year. “So whenever that day comes, we’ll figure it out.”
As for whether Brady can truly picture himself stepping away from the NFL, he replied, “I really don’t. I think what I really realized last year was you’ve got to be really sure to do that. And for me, you know, a lot of people have kind of gone through this situation. I’m going to take my time, whenever that time does come.”
Despite having already been eliminated from the playoffs this season, Brady and the Bucs ended on a high note, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 19-16 in overtime on Christmas Day.
On last week’s Let’s Go!, Brady told Gray there has been much he’s learned this year, including some lessons he wasn’t willing to discuss publicly. “A lot of them are very personal that I really don’t care to share. I really don’t,” Brady said on the SiriusXM podcast. “We all have physical, mental, emotional aspects to us that are challenged each year. Some years you are challenged a little more physically and you gotta overcome adversities physically.”
As far as play mobility, he reminded his listeners that this year he “took a big shot” in his shoulder, but was able to “deal with it” and move on.
Following Tampa Bay’s eighth loss of the season — and Brady’s first season losing eight at all — he admitted, “It’s hard to show up every day to the media” when he’s losing.
“It’s not very fun,” added Brady, who said he has “a lot more empathy for guys who” are able to remain composed during a losing season. “It’s something I haven’t had to deal with before.”
This 45-year-old man spent Christmas alone in a hotel room, away from his kids, all to chase his only love, football. I mean… that’s his priority. It’s still his priority, and he’s not letting go of that dream anytime soon. I don’t blame Gisele for getting the f–k out, and she’s never looked happier! I feel sad for all of them though – the kids because he doesn’t prioritize them, Gisele because she wasted so much time on Tom, and Tom because he’s a moron.
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