Tom Brady Drops Agitated F-Bombs When Asked About Retirement, Admits He ‘Tried To Trip’ Cowboys S Malik Hooker

Let the incessant retirement speculation begin.

Or keep going, really, if we’re being honest.

Tom Brady’s season is over, so it’s time to wonder what ifs until he makes a decision about his NFL future. The 45-year-old future Hall of Famer spoke on the subject on his “Let’s Go!” podcast along with interviewer Jim Gray on Monday. Even though he apparently didn’t want to.

At around 12:30 a.m. on Monday’s episode, Gray asked Brady if he had a timetable for deciding whether or not to retire from football. Here’s Brady’s answer:

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

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

“I appreciate you asking,” Brady replied. “Thank you.”

After an awkward pause, Gray moved on to another touchy subject: Brady’s $16,444 NFL fine after Brady attempted to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker in Tampa Bay’s playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Brady didn’t hold back with this answer either. He appeals the fine, although he admitted to Gray that he was indeed trying to trip Hooker.

“I tried to tackle him with my right shoulder and missed him,” said Brady. “And I wasn’t about to stick my arm out. I was trying to get him on the floor. I completely missed him. I didn’t even hit him.

“I tried tripping him but I couldn’t. I don’t know how you can get fined for something that didn’t even happen. Do they fine an intention? It’s like aiming, and you miss the person you hit, and they still call it targeting. I need to find out and understand why this is the case. It’s kind of strange. That’s why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.”

This is the play in question:

On the one hand, Brady’s excitement should be taken with a grain of salt. This is his podcast, and saying anything controversial is good for the program. He stretched the will-he-or-won’t-he game to great effect on the podcast during his retirement/retirement saga in 2022.

On the other hand, he sounds genuinely agitated. And it’s understandable that he would be. He has had a rough few months on several fronts.

Brady is probably tired of the topic and would rather decide to retire on his own terms, minus the constant pushing. He also certainly realizes that that is not a reasonable option. Until he makes the call, speculation – and questions – will continue.

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

Tom Brady seems fed up with retirement questions. (Douglas DeFelice/Reuters)

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