Leaving your family for football is a lot like military deployment.
This, according to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady made the comparison in this week’s edition of his SiriusXM podcast Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray.
“I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military, and it’s like, man, here I go again,” said Brady, as reported by Today,
On his podcast, Brady said he has the desire to have a strong balance between work and personal life, but his “competitiveness” takes over.
“As much as you want to have this playful balance with the work balance, you’re going to end up doing exactly what you’ve always done, which is why you are who you are,” he said.
Some members of the military took exception to Brady’s life comparisons.
,Out of my 8(ish) deployments, I never made $15,000,000, went home every night, or spent time with my family. Not sure where @TomBrady thinks his playing in the NFL rates a comparison to military service,” one tweeted,
,Last I recall, I wasn’t able to cheer from a luxury suite for my husband in a theater of war or my son when he was deployed this close to the DMZ,” another weighed in,
,I’ve got several deployments under my belt, but I’ve never played in the NFL. Sign me up for a season and I’ll let you know,” another stated,
Brady’s life hasn’t been rosy in recent weeks.
His marriage to supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen appears to be on the rocks after he was spotted not wearing his wedding ring and the pair have reportedly hired divorce lawyers.
Brady’s personal turmoil likely affected his football game. This past Sunday he was filmed yelling at his teammates while having a sideline meltdown, resulting in the Bucs loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-18.
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