Tom Brady has reaffirmed his commitment to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a difficult start to the new season, both on and off the field.
The Buccaneers fell to 3-4 after Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers and the sideline snaps he’s caught in recent games have shown Brady’s anger and frustration at times.
The 45-year-old, who came out of retirement in March, is also facing reported marital problems, with both he and Gisele Bündchen hiring divorce lawyers earlier this month, a source close to the couple told CNN.
However, despite the ups and downs, Brady is determined to keep fighting and says he will never consider retiring again.
“I said last week there’s no immediate retirement in my future,” the quarterback told sportscaster Jim Gray on ‘Let’s Go!’ in the weekly The podcast was released on Monday.
“There was a retreat in the past, but I’ve moved on from there. But definitely not… I committed to this team, and I love this team and I love this organization.
“I told them in March that I was playing. But I’ve never left anything in my life.’
The seven-time Super Bowl champion had previously been thoughtful about his NFL future, suggesting in recent months that his second, and presumably final, retirement was not far off.
For someone whose desire to win and drive has set them apart from the rest, this is hardly a season they would want out.
Actually, things are getting worse in Tampa.
Between struggling relationships with its offensive weapons, a porous offensive line and a disorganized running game, the problems are mounting for the franchise.
According to ESPN, this is the first time since 2002 that Brady has lost a game after seven games in an NFL season.
“Nobody feels good about where we’re at, nobody feels good about how we played or what we’re doing,” Brady told reporters after his team’s latest loss.
“We talked about execution the other day, and it’s still coming. I think we all need to do our jobs better.
“There is no easy way. They are trying to prevent us from doing our job, we are trying to do it, and they are doing a better job than us.”