Tom Brady has apologized for his “very poor choice of words” after comparing playing in the NFL to a military deployment.
“Earlier this week, I made a statement about playing football and the military and it was a very poor choice of words,” Brady told reporters at a press conference Thursday.
“And I want to express that to any feelings that people may have taken a certain way, so I apologize.
“I’m very grateful to everyone who served and at the end of the day we play a game and the military defending our country are two very different things and I shouldn’t have made the comparison.”
Brady made his comments about the military on Monday while speaking with NBA superstars Jim Gray and Kevin Durant during the “Let’s Go!” A podcast about the mindset required of elite athletes.
Discussing his work-life balance, the seven-time Super Bowl winner said, “I almost look at a football season like I’m going on a military deployment. And it’s like, ‘Man, here I go again.'”
During the press conference, Brady also fielded questions about his and his team’s form after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ troubled start to the season.
The Bucs’ 20-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday dropped their record to 3-3 on the season.
The rocky start, along with Brady’s offseason retirement, marital problems and his reported 11-day absence during preseason practice to “deal with personal matters,” have raised questions about the quarterback’s long-term playing commitment.
When asked about ending this NFL season, Brady joked, “That’s why I’m here — I’m finally here to announce, you guys pushed me over the edge.
“No, I think a lot of things for me are going to be just us, you know…” he continued more seriously. “I love the sport, I love my teammates, and I want to go on and do a great job for this team like I’ve always done, so no retirement in my future.”