Tom Brady drops choppy F-bombs when asked about retirement, admits he ‘tried to trip’ Cowboys S Malik Hooker

Let the relentless retirement speculation begin.

Or continue, really, if we’re being honest.

Tom Brady’s season is over, so it’s time to wonder if until he calls on his NFL future. The future Hall of Famer, 45, addressed the subject in his “Let’s Go!” podcast alongside interviewer Jim Gray on Monday. Even though he apparently didn’t want to.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Monday’s episode, Gray asked Brady if he had a timeline for deciding whether or not to retire from football. Here is Brady’s response:

“Jim, if I knew what I was going to do, I would have done it already,” Brady said. ” OKAY ? I take it one day at a time.

Gray defended the question as “just the question everyone wants to hear”.

“I appreciate your request,” Brady replied. “Thanks.”

After an awkward break, Gray moved on to another touchy subject – Brady’s $16,444 fine from the NFL after Brady tried to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker in the playoff loss to Tampa Bay. against the Dallas Cowboys. Brady didn’t hold back with that answer either. He appeals the fine even though he admitted to Gray that he did try to trip Hooker.

“I tried to tackle him with my right shoulder and missed,” Brady said. “And I wasn’t going to try to reach out. I was trying to knock him to the ground. I completely missed him. I didn’t even hit him.

“I tried to trip him, but I didn’t. I don’t know how you can be fined for something that didn’t even happen. Do they inflict a fine to an intent? It’s like targeting, and you miss the person you hit, and they always call it targeting. I have to understand and understand why that is. It’s a little strange. is why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.

Here is the part in question:

On the one hand, Brady’s hustle should be taken with a grain of salt. This is his podcast, and saying anything controversial from a distance is good for the program. He extended the want-it-or-it-isn’t-it-worth game to great effect on the podcast during his retirement/non-retirement saga in 2022.

On the other hand, he looks really restless. And it is understandable that it is. He’s had a tough few months on a number of fronts.

Brady is probably tired of broaching the subject and would rather make the decision to retire on his own terms, without the constant promptings. He also surely realizes that this is not a reasonable option. Until he makes the call, the speculation – and the questions – will continue.

December 5, 2022;  Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice - USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady seems tired of pension issues. (Douglas DeFelice/Reuters)

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