Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady missed Wednesday practice last week due to what the team called a “non-injury rest day.” Now it looks like this will happen more often in the future.
Every Wednesday, Brady will take the rest of the season off for a “personal day.” Jan Rapoport of NFL Network. This is reportedly the first time in Brady’s 23-year career that he will receive a day off every week during the season, according to Rapoport. He used to sometimes take Thursdays off, but not on the same day every week.
It’s unclear exactly why Brady is being treated this way now, but the veteran mentioned feeling more beaten up than usual after becoming the first quarterback to start and win a game at age 45 last week.
“There were a few hits and you look at your hand and you’re bruised and you’re cut and you’re like this and you’re like, ‘How much longer do I want to make this commitment?’ he said in his podcastsAfter the first week. “And I honestly made a commitment for this year and it will be, you know, as always – keep evaluating all these different aspects of the game.”
There was a lot of speculation about Brady’s future in the NFL this year after he retired and then didn’t retire for 40 days in the offseason. This was followed by questions about why he missed 11 days of training camp for good reason this summer, which was later revealed to be due to a pre-planned family vacation.
Rumors about Brady’s married life and marriage to supermodel Gisele Bündchen continued to circulate after she told Elle magazine last week, she “wish he was more present”. Brady also seemed to have this in mind on his podcast when he said he missed Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings and funerals throughout his career.
“And the question is, how long are you willing to be disciplined, to do the right thing, to let these things happen for a certain period of time? And that’s what a guy’s career is judged on,” Brady said. “… And I think there comes a point in your life when you say, ‘You know what? I’ve had my fill and that’s enough and I’ve got enough time to move on to move on to other parts of life” that, you know, I’m doing my best and I’ve made the most of my abilities and I hope that everyone will get what they can through their actions.”
Now those private days could literally be just a day for Brady to take a break before the Buccaneers game this weekend. But all the drama surrounding Brady and his family life certainly can’t be discounted when we’re talking about a player who rarely missed practice unless he was injured. At the very least, Brady and the Bucks are hoping this extra day of rest will help keep the longtime quarterback healthy all season long as Tampa Bay bets on another Super Bowl.