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The Real Reason Tom Brady Ended His Retirement From the NFL

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Dan Patrick: “Give me the day and the moment when you say to Gisele ‘I’m going back.’"

Tom Brady: “We had quite a bit of time together [Gisele], mostly when I kind of told the team ‘look, you guys have to make plans without me’, and then Jason [Licht], and Bruce [Arians] just said to give it time. I said ‘look, I feel pretty strongly’, and then time went by and you just get super competitive. I think I’m part-crazy, I mean I think that’s the reality. Forty-five years old and I’m out here with a lot of young guys that are trying to take my head off. I see Aaron Donald work out on my Instagram and I’m like ‘damn, maybe I should of retired!' because he’s a beast. But I have the appetite to compete and it’s going to be gone soon, there’s no doubt about it, and I just really need to appreciate the time I have left because it’s not a lot… The best part of retiring for a very brief period of time was that I got to explore a lot of other opportunities. Although it was kind of abrupt, I’m happy I went through it.”

Just 40 days after announcing he was ready to leave the football field, the seven-time Super Bowl champ told the world he wasn’t ready to retire just yet.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady joined Dan Patrick on his radio show and podcast to comment on his decision to return from such a short break.

“I think I’m part crazy, I think that’s the reality,” the quarterback said. “I’m 45 years old and I’m out here with a lot of young guys that are trying to take my head off.”

Brady said he told the they needed to start making plans without him earlier this year, suggesting that he was getting ready to step away from the game. General Manager Jason Licht and Senior Football Consultant Bruce Arians told him to take his time on making a final decision, but Brady said he was feeling very strongly about his choice.

“Time went by, and you get super competitive,” he said. I had the appetite to compete.”

Players returning to the NFL after retiring are nothing new, and Brady has joined a unique roster of football superstars who made similar comebacks. Reggie WhiteRicky Williams, and Brett Favre are just a few players who also felt the hunger return after announcing their retirement.

“It will be gone soon, there’s no doubt about it,” Brady said. “I just want to appreciate the time I have left because there’s not a lot of it.”

In March Brady tweeted that he would return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 23rd season, telling fans he realized his place was on the field and not in the stands. In the tweet, he said his retirement will come eventually, but it won't be in 2022.

Check out the full conversation with Tom Brady on the podcast version of The Dan Patrick Show. Available on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you listen to podcasts. If you want to be sure you’re listening to the podcasts everyone else is checking out, iHeartRadio has you covered.  

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