Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, 44, noted that his priorities have changed compared to when he was 25 years and that's why it's hard for him to make certain decision at this stage of his life and career.
Shortly after the Buccaneers' season ended, Brady announced he was retiring from professional football. 40 days later, Brady decided to unretire and return for his 23rd season in the NFL. After initially retiring from football, Brady said his goal was to spend more time with his wife and three kids.
This week, Brady was asked about his decision to retire and then unretire. "It's very easy when you're 25 to know what you want to do next year," Brady said, per ESPN. "It's very challenging when you're 43 or 44 because there's other things that are pressing and other things that are really important in your life, like your kids and your wife and different relationships, things that have always taken a back seat to football.
I think that's just how it's gone for me. It's challenging, and I've got to work at those things."
Brady: You have to be fully committed when the season starts
"I think when the football season starts, everybody knows that it's 100 percent football," Brady added.
"It's just the way you have to be, and that's a big commitment to make. And in order to play every game, you've got to train really hard. I've got to train really hard at 44 years old, which is a big commitment.
To try to make those decisions -- [they] have their challenges. It's not like it was when I was 25, but I don't think any of us feel like we were when we were 25. Thankfully for good reasons, there's parts where I'm happy I'm not 25 and there's other parts where I wish I felt like I was like a little more like 25, but I have a very complex, tricky life in different aspects -- I'm just trying to navigate it the best way I can."
Brady has stated that he has "unfinished business" with the Buccaneers and that he wants to win his eighth Super Bowl ring this upcoming season.