Tom Brady talks National Anthem protest & retirement: 'We support what people are going through'

In an interview that aired on Father’s Day, Tom Brady spoke with Oprah Winfrey about an array of topics.

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Tom Brady says he has "respect" for players who decided to kneel while the National Anthem played last season.



In a new interview for Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Sunday that aired on June 17, the legendary quarterback discussed not only the protests but also his retirement plans saying he plans to walk away from football "sooner rather than later."


"I think there were a lot of really good, healthy conversations coming out of it in our locker room," Brady said of the protests. "The great part about sports are the relationships. I've been in it for a long time. I've been with guys from all different parts of the country -- every color, race, belief and you know what ... I respect what people are doing."

You respect what other people I mean, I do, I respect why people are doing what they're doing, and theyre doing it for different reasons, and thats okay.

"And they're doing it for different reasons, and that's okay," he continued. "You know, you can do things for your reason. They can do things for their reason, and you have respect for that. But, I thought it was great."


The football star also talked about how the Patriots locked arms during the period of time last year when things got particularly heated, telling Winfrey, "Yeah we had meetings after practice talking about we wanted to deal with that particular situation at the time -- taking a knee. We chose to lock arms and we put arms around each other." 


"You know, we support what people are going through. I've been playing sports long enough, everyone comes from something different," Brady added. "I think showing respect for everybody is, with a locker room full of guys trying to go the same direction, you better have that empathy for everybody. That's what sports are all about." 

As for the big question, everyone's been asking Brady: When will you be retiring? Well, it's coming, and it's happening a lot quicker than most thought. 


"I think about it more now than I used to," the reigning NFL MVP said. "I think I'm seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later."


"As long as I'm still loving it. As long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment," he continued. "But it's also, I think, what I've alluded to a lot in the ["Tom vs. Time"] docuseries was there's other things happening in my life, too. I do have [three] kids that I love, and I don't want to be a dad that's not there driving my kids to their games. I think my kids have brought a great perspective in my life, because kids just want the attention. You better be there and be available to them, or else they're going to look back on their life and go, 'Dad didn't really care that much.' "

Yes Indeed

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