Tampa/Cologne For the eternal Tom Brady, his 23rd NFL season is increasingly becoming a disaster. Things aren’t going well for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers following his retirement from retirement. The greatest quarterback in history sacrificed a lot.
After the Carolina disaster, the eternally young Tom Brady suddenly looked two decades older. The worst sporting crisis of his legendary career, the impending end of his dream marriage, the pity of old companions – all of this is affecting the greatest quarterback in football history after his retirement from retirement. At least the upcoming business trip to autumn-cold Munich promises the 45-year-old some distraction.
“No one feels good about where we are right now, how we’re playing right now,” Brady said after his Tampa Bay Bucaneers’ 3:21 rebound at the Carolina Panthers. A team that two days earlier had sold its biggest star to San Francisco in running back Christian McCaffrey and largely said goodbye to its season ambitions.
For the first time in 20 years, Brady has a negative record (3-4) with a team after seven games, losing four for the first time in five games in a row. And only for the second time after 2002, the throwing playmaker monument threatens to miss the play-offs as an uninjured regular quarterback.
“We’re in this together, we have to get out of this together,” Brady said. But that’s his huge problem, the teammates allow themselves outrageous dropouts – on Sunday receiver Mike Evans, actually one of the best in his field, wasted an exemplary Brady pass. And his O-Line, which is supposed to protect him from the advancing defenders, is as stable as edible paper.
Brady increasingly vents his frustration at this. As ESPN reported, the GOAT, the “Greatest of All Time”, became an angry goat after the Panthers bankruptcy, roared down his teammates in the dressing room and threw a tablet at Evans. Brady had already artfully folded his colleagues during the previous week’s defeat against the otherwise regularly overwhelmed Pittsburgh Steelers.
“This is a different Tom than before. He doesn’t seem like he wants to be out there anymore,” said Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion at quarterback with Pittsburgh. “Big Ben” had just managed to retire after last season at 39 before things got ugly.
Did Brady miss checking his expiration date? Was it worth it for someone who had really achieved everything that was achievable several times in his mid-40s to hastily revoke his resignation, which he announced in the spring, instead of enjoying the sweet life in Florida with top model wife Gisele Bundchen? As reported by the US tabloid, Bundchen has the faxes thick: no end of career? Then the marriage ends. All not nice.
On November 13th, the exceptional athlete will meet Seattle with the Buccaneers in Munich. The German fans will celebrate him like a middle-aged god. At least then the aging Brady will look like the old Brady again.
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