“I love playing football. I love coming to work every day,” the athlete told ESPN in December 2012. “But also, being at home, and giving those boys my attention, and my affection, and my discipline, and being a good parent is so important, because I grew up with two of the best parents a son could ever ask for.”
Brady cemented himself as the GOAT of the NFL after playing for the New England Patriots for 20 years. He won six Super Bowls as the quarterback of the Massachusetts-based team before he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
“Beyond [next year’s season], I don’t know,” Brady told the Wall Street Journal Magazine in September 2021 of his future in the NFL. “Maybe it’s another year after that; maybe it’s two. I’ll have to see where I’m at with my family. That’s probably the overriding factor — what I’m missing out on.”
The TB12 cofounder shares Benjamin and Vivian, born in December 2009 and December 2012, respectively, with the supermodel, whom he wed in February 2009. Brady is also the father of son Jack, whom he welcomed with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan in August 2007.
“[Jack] wants to try hard, and he never wants to disappoint his dad,” the quarterback told the magazine at the time. “That was me. I’d wake up early on the weekends to do stuff with my dad. That’s why I didn’t party a lot. If Dad wanted to golf, I wanted to be there with him. And if I ever missed those things, it would crush me.”
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