Tom Brady spoke publicly Saturday night for the first time since taking a leave of absence from the team.
“It’s all personal,” Brady said after Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts. “Everyone’s got different situations they’re dealing with. We all have really unique challenges to our life. I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of shit going on.”
More Brady, on his absence from the team: “You’ve got to try to figure out life the best you can. It’s a continuous process.”
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Brady had an 11-day absence from the Bucs due to personal matters in the middle of August. He missed the team’s first two preseason games against the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans before returning to the team on Aug. 21.
Asked if he was able to address whatever needed to be addressed during his personal leave, Brady said: “I’m ready to go.”
“I feel good. I’ve played football for a long time. I’m pretty good at it. Doesn’t take me long for me to remember how to play it.”
Brady said that the Buccaneers have been accommodating in his need to step away. He reiterated that Tampa Bay was the “one place” that he was going to after playing for the New England Patriots, citing that he chose “the right place for me.”
“I’m very grateful to everybody for allowing me to come down here and experience this part of my football life, which I look back and would probably be incomplete, having not had it,” Brady said.
Brady played one series against the Colts on Saturday night. He led the Bucs to a field goal on the opening drive.
The Bucs open their 2022 season on Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys at 8:20 p.m. ET.
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