Tom Brady has reaffirmed his commitment to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a difficult start to the season, both on and off the field.
The Buccaneers fell to 3-4 on the year after a devastating loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and the sideline blasts caught in recent games have at times demonstrated Brady’s anger and frustration.
The 45-year-old, who came out of retirement in March, is also experiencing reported marital issues, with him and Gisele Bündchen hiring divorce lawyers earlier this month, a source close to the couple told CNN. .
However, despite the setbacks, Brady is determined to keep fighting and says he no longer thinks about retiring.
“I said last week that there was no immediate retirement in my future,” the quarterback told sportswriter Jim Gray in his weekly “Let’s Go!” podcast released on Monday.
“There was a retirement in the past, but I moved on. But certainly not… I joined this team, and I love this team and I love this organization.
“I told them in March that I was playing. But I never gave up 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 may not be far away.
For someone whose desire to win and drive has separated him from others, this is not the season he would have wanted to play.
In truth, things are getting worse in Tampa.
Between struggling connections with his offensive weapons, a porous offensive line and a faltering running game, the problems are piling up for the franchise.
According to ESPN, this is the first time since 2002 that Brady has a losing record after seven games in an NFL season.
“Nobody feels good about where we are, nobody feels good about how we’ve played or what we’re doing,” Brady told reporters after his team’s latest loss.
“We talked about execution the other day, and it always comes up. I think we all need to do our jobs better.
“There is no easy solution. They try to stop us from doing our job, we try to do it, and they do a better job than us.