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When Tom Brady initially announced his retirement from the NFL after 22 seasons in February 2022, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback acknowledged his wife Gisele Bündchen and his three children, calling them his "inspiration" in an Instagram post.
"Our family is my greatest achievement," Tom wrote. "I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her selflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our family. Te amo amor da minha vida."
But Brady's retirement proved to be short-lived as the Super Bowl MVP changed his mind just one month later and signed on to play in his 23rd season,
In an interview with Elle published Sept. 13, Gisele admitted she had "concerns" over his decision to continue playing. "This is a very violent sport," she explained, "and I have my children and I would like him to be more present."
The supermodel added that she and Tom had many conversations "over and over again" about his possible retirement, but said, "Ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too."