One could say that quarterback Tom Brady is having one of the most tumultuous seasons of his illustrious NFL career. The 45-year-old and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-3 through their first six games of the season, and the offense continues to sputter.
As a possible divorce from wife Gisele Bundchen looms, questions about the veteran quarterback's work/life balance have also appeared. Bundchen had said in the past that Brady is obsessed with football and dedicates more of his time to the game than his own family.
On this week's Let's Go podcast, Brady told co-host Jim Gray that when the NFL season begins, he can't focus on anything else. He then went on to compare the start of the season to military deployment.
"I almost look at a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military, and it’s like, ‘Man, here I go again.'"
Those words have got the quarterback in some hot water with fans on Twitter. Many have commented that Brady wouldn't know what it's really like to be in the military and have a long deployment away from the family.
TB12 may indeed have been trying to make a point about how it feels to be away from his family. But his career and lifestyle are far different from those who serve in the military.
Here are a selection of Twitter reactions to Tom Brady's comments:
Former NFL rival says Tom Brady doesn't look like he's enjoying football
Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired from the NFL after the 2021 season. Since then, he has taken his love for the game to a podcast called Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger.
The two-time Super bowl-winning quarterback, who played against Tom Brady throughout his 18-year career, said that when he was watching, he didn't feel that Brady was enjoying the game.
He said he doesn't know if it was because the offense wasn't playing well or something else. But, either way, Reethlisberger saw a different side of his former rival.
“Tom is the greatest. The Super Bowl rings show it. It didn’t look like he wanted to be out there. Maybe it was the pressure and he was getting hit and whatever was going on.There’s no way he’s enjoying this. No way. I was enjoying being up there watching the game. It just didn’t look fun, to him.”
In the first half of the Buccaneers' 20-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the quarterback was seen on the sidelines yelling at his offensive lineman. This further fueled speculation about Tom Brady's state of mind.
The Buccaneers will have a chance to turn things around this weekend with a trip to NFC South foes, the Carolina Panthers, who are just 1-5 this season. Losing is not an option for the Bucs now.