Tom Brady’s farewell season is definitely not what he signed up for | You Pod to Win the Game

Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Charles McDonald discuss Tom Brady’s NFL swan song. Not only are the Buccaneers struggling through four weeks of the season, but Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen have reportedly hired divorce lawyers. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: We got to talk about Brady. As much as we have avoided the whole marriage stuff up until this point, or you know, just not constantly getting into it and his personal life and all these different things. It's wild to me because I don't know if you saw what I tweeted earlier today, now I'm getting like emails from like people who are like, odds on Tom Brady's next wife.

And hey, I'm an expert on celebrity divorce lawyers. And like all these people that are coming out of the woodwork wanting to basically get injected into these stories about Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen. And you-- it's just wild to me. We all know that there are certain-- when an athlete enters into a relationship and it's super high profile, it transcends.

It's like when A-Rod was with J.Lo, it transcends A-Rod as a baseball player. Like it's just-- it's-- this relationship has always kind of transcended Tom as a football player. It's made them into this big huge celebrity thing where paparazzi are following them around all the time. Well this is the downside of that. And now you have "Page Six" reporting, hey, there's divorce attorneys involved. Giselle's gone out and got a divorce attorney.

And you know, it's just-- this is to me, from a personal standpoint, it feels like this is unfurling in the worst possible way for Tom because it's overlapping with a season in which the Buccaneers got problems. They got curb stomped by Kansas City. Tom's busting tablets, talking about being 45 and his life complicated and all this stuff.

I can't imagine-- when he unretired, I can't imagine that this could have really gone much worse than it really has. Because it's not even about football right now. Like half of everything devoted to Tom Brady right now, maybe more than half, has nothing to do with football.

CHARLES MCDONALD: Yeah, it's even weird to just like talk about because for the most part, I just feel like, I don't really care. Like that's their problem.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Right. It's personal life.

CHARLES MCDONALD: We've all had-- we've all had-- right, we've all had our own relationship problems at one level or another. So it just kind of felt odd. But you know, I don't know how this wouldn't affect you in some way.


CHARLES MCDONALD: Like when you're on the field. Whether it be the time he had to take off in training camp, or maybe even time getting like ingratiated with new receivers like Cole Beasley, who just retired abruptly today. You have to imagine that at some level, the personal stuff is affecting it.

And just on the football level, at this point, Tom, he kind of looks like a guy who can't just-- all right, I'm going to carry the offense today. Where it doesn't matter what combination of five offensive linemen we have out there, I'm going to figure it out, going to get the ball out quick and we're going to win these games.

It's tough for them just to get the ball moving right now. I know that they've had injuries along the offensive line. They've had injuries at receiver, a suspension at receiver one week with Mike Evans. But still, you know, I think you made a good point. Like when Tom Brady unretired back in March, this cannot be the experience that he thought that he was going to be signing up for.


CHARLES MCDONALD: I mean, I say this just as an objective viewer of the Buccaneers. Like it does not seem like fun to be playing on their offense right now. They're not running the ball well. Like I said, they've had a revolving door at wide receiver. It's just a really, really tough offense to play in.

And I think beyond just the personnel issues that they're having, this is an offense that kind of asked a lot out of their quarterback and their skill players and being able to throw down the field in a really short manner of time. And right now, the whole timing's messed up.

And I just can't imagine what it feels like to be running away from Chris Jones on primetime football, and also have divorce lawyers in your mind at the same time.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Right, right, right. It's just messed up.

CHARLES MCDONALD: This is the first time-- Yeah, it's one of the first times like I think a lot of people have looked at Tom Brady's life and been like, whew, glad I'm not him right now.