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Tom Brady talks retirement, says family plays a big role in the decision

Brady sat down in a high-profile interview with Michael Strahan on 'Good Morning America' on Monday, and discussed his family, possible retirement, and the crushing Super Bowl loss.


Kahron Spearman


New England Patriots quarterback and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady told ABC's Good Morning America host Michael Strahan that his decision to retire from football won't rest solely on his determination and that it would involve input from his family.

"You can't make decisions just for yourself, and I think that's one thing I've learned as I've gotten older: There is collateral effects to every decision that I make," Brady told Strahan (h/t NFL.com.)

I have a wife [Gisele Bundchen] that aspires to be a lot of things, and she travels a lot. My oldest son lives here in New York, three kids, and you're just always trying to juggle and you want to be there for them, and you want to be there for the hockey games and the soccer games. But you also realize the level of commitment it takes to give as much as you can to the team that needs you.

Regardless of what Brady claims to be the reasons for his eventual retirement, his wife knows that his uniform will likely have to be cut off his body.

Consider this intriguing passage in a story, relaying a conversation between Brady's wife Gisele Bndchen and former Giants great Strahan, by Boston Globe writer Nicole Yang, that shouldn't be parsed: "As Strahan remembers, the group was at dinner when Bndchen came up to him and said, 'Michael, you need to talk to my husband.' When Strahan asked why, she responded, 'Because when I met him, he said he wanted to play for 10 more years ... Ive been with him for five years and he still says he wants to play for 10 more years.'"

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