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Brady says his wife urged him to retire


LOS ANGELES: Tom Brady were just beginning to celebrate the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl victory on the field in Tampa last month when his wife Gisele Bundchen embraced him and asked “What more do you have to prove?”, the veteran quarterbac­k recalled on Tuesday.

“I just gave her a big hug. I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick,” Brady said with a laugh during an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

“I think I moved on to something else pretty quickly.”

Some had thought the 43-year-old might walk away from the game when he parted ways with the Patriots last offseason after winning six Super Bowls in 20 seasons in New England.

Instead, Brady signed a two-year, US$50 million contact with the Bucs and more than delivered for the franchise with an impressive run through the play-offs and convincing win over the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs in the title game last month.

Brady, who took home Super Bowl MVP honours while claiming a recordexte­nding seventh championsh­ip ring, also shot down the possibilit­y of retiring in his on-field TV interview, so the story he told about his exchange with wife Gisele was no surprise.

“We’re coming back,” he said at the time. “You already know that.”

Meanwhile, maybe the most memorable pass of Brady’s career is one the quarterbac­k claims he doesn’t remember.

During the Buccaneers’ celebratio­n of the Super Bowl win last month, Brady launched the Lombardi Trophy from his boat in the direction of a nearby

vessel, where backup tight end Cameron Brate successful­ly spared Brady the shame of sinking the NFL’s coveted championsh­ip hardware.

“First of all, I was not thinking at that moment. It was not a thought,” Brady said. “It was, ‘This seems really fun to do.’ Not to mention, when you get your hands on one of those trophies, there’s a lot of really sharp edges on the bottom. I found out later, had that been an incomplete pass, that would have went down like 80 feet. I’m so happy that [tight end] Cam [Brate] caught it.”

 ?? AFP ?? Tom Brady celebrates with his wife Gisele Bundchen after winning the 2021 Super Bowl last month.
AFP Tom Brady celebrates with his wife Gisele Bundchen after winning the 2021 Super Bowl last month.

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