“Earlier this week, I made a statement about playing football and the military and it was a very poor choice of words,” Brady reporters during a regularly scheduled press conference on Thursday.
“And I just want to express that for any feelings that are out there, that people may have taken it a certain way, so I apologize.
“I have a tremendous amount of gratitude to everyone who served, and in the end, we play a game and the military defending our country are two very different things that I shouldn’t compare.”
Brady made the comments about the Army on Monday while speaking with co-host Jim Gray and NBA star Kevin Durant on his “Let’s Go!” Podcast about the mentality that top athletes require.
Discussing the balance between his job and his life, the seven-time Super Bowl winner said, “I almost look at football season as if I’m going away for a military deployment. And it’s like, ‘Oh man, here I am again.'”
At the press conference, Brady also answered questions about his and his squad’s form after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ turbulent start to the season.
the box 20-18 loss To the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday he moved his record to 3-3 on the season.
The difficult start, combined with Brady’s out-of-season retirement, has sparked marital issues and an 11-day leave of absence during pre-season training camp to “deal with personal things”, raising doubts about the quarterback’s long-term commitment to playing.
When asked about completing this NFL season, Brady joked, “That’s really why I’m here – I’m here to finally announce, you guys have pushed me over the edge.
“No, I think a lot of that for me is just going there, you know…” he continued, more seriously. “I love sports, I love my teammates, and I want to go do a great job for this team like I’ve always done, so I’m not retiring in the future.”
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