Tom Brady opens up about emotional experience dropping son Ben off at camp

‘There’s nothing to me more important than my kids’: Tom Brady reflects on the ’emotional’ experience dropping son Ben, 13, off at camp and how it reminded him of his love of NFL

Tom Brady delivered an emotional take about parenthood while speaking on his Let’s Go podcast Monday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, 45, is father to 13-year-old son Benjamin and 10-year-old daughter Vivian with ex Gisele Bündchen, and John Edward Thomas Moynahan, his 15-year-old son with actress Bridget Moynahan, 51.

Brady, who is the focal point of the upcoming comedy 80 For Brady, spoke on his Let’s Go podcast while in a discussion with cohost Jim Gray and guests Roger Staubach and Steve Young about the ’emotional components’ that figure in to his annual process in coming back to the NFL.

The latest: Tom Brady, 45, delivered an emotional take about parenthood while speaking on his Let's Go podcast, saying that 'there's nothing to me more important than my kids.' He was snapped last month in Arizona

The latest: Tom Brady, 45, delivered an emotional take about parenthood while speaking on his Let’s Go podcast, saying that ‘there’s nothing to me more important than my kids.’ He was snapped last month in Arizona 

‘I drop my son off at camp – he’s 13 this year, at summer camp,’ the seven-time Super Bowl winner said. ‘It was just all boys, and they were all – there’s no electronics, and they just got to go be kids. They swam, and they drew, and they played games.’

Brady drew parallels between his son’s stints in summer camp and his 23 years in the NFL.

‘I was driving away after the drop-off, and I’m like, “Damn, this is what football is like for me,”‘ he said. ‘We all go eat in the same cafeteria, we’re yelled at by the same coach. We’re wearing the same stuff. We’re still at camp.’

Brady compared the communal experiences, saying, ‘It’s nice to connect to that feeling when we all didn’t have as much responsibility.’

Brady shared a shot of himself with his son Benjamin late last month

Brady shared a shot of himself with his son Benjamin late last month 

Brady is father to 13-year-old son Benjamin and 10-year-old daughter Vivian with ex Gisele Bündchen, and John Edward Thomas Moynahan, his 15-year-old son with actress Bridget Moynahan, 51

Brady is father to 13-year-old son Benjamin and 10-year-old daughter Vivian with ex Gisele Bündchen, and John Edward Thomas Moynahan, his 15-year-old son with actress Bridget Moynahan, 51

Brady spoke about the factors that weigh into the difficult decision to return to the NFL each year.

‘The weight of life and the weight of the responsibilities of your life become more than – to value it, it’s your cost-benefit analysis, so to speak,’ Brady said. ‘What am I giving up now, to continue to play, as opposed to what am I gaining?’

The three-time NFL MVP noted that ‘there’s an emotional component to those decisions which do weigh differently on you as you get older because you just have more responsibility in your life – and that responsibility is amazing. Children are… there’s nothing to me more important than my kids.’

Brady is more than two months removed from jointly announcing the split with Bündchen as both took to Instagram Stories to confirm they were filing for divorce.

‘In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage,’ Brady said October 28. ‘We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. 

‘We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.’

He shared a holiday shot of his three children together last month

He shared a holiday shot of his three children together last month 

Both Bündchen and Brady confirmed they were divorcing in October 28 Instagram posts

Both Bündchen and Brady confirmed they were divorcing in October 28 Instagram posts

He added: ‘We wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written. And we kindly ask for privacy and respect as we navigate what is to come in the days and weeks ahead.

In her statement, Bündchen said she felt ‘blessed for the time we had together and only [wishes] the best for Tom always.’

News of the split came amid sources telling People that there was ‘a lot of tension’ between the NFL star and Brazilian supermodel over his decision to return to the NFL for the 2022-2023 season after previously announcing he was retiring.

‘There is a point Gisele believes that enough is enough,’ sources told the outlet, adding that Bundchen was ‘frustrated and sick of his career coming before their family, who has always supported him,’ and that ‘going back to Tampa after the retirement put a strain on the personal side of [Brady’s] life.’

The pair initially exchanged vows on February 26, 2009 at Santa Monica, California’s St. Monica Catholic Church. 

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