Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady becomes first to surpass 100,000 passing yards

Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to rack up 100,000 career passing yards across the regular season and playoffs Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback entered Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams standing at 99,836 total yards. He surpassed 100,000 on a fourth-quarter pass to running back Leonard Fournette, who went 15 yards on a third-down play.

“I think for me it’s a credit to all the guys that I’ve played with, and who have blocked for me, who have caught passes,” Brady said after the game. “I think I can’t do (expletive) in this league without guys doing what they are amazing at, too.”

Brady made sure the milestone happened in a winning effort. He engineered a 60-yard drive in 35 seconds with no timeouts and connected with rookie tight end Cade Otton on 1-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to lift Tampa Bay over the Rams, 16-13. That play gave Brady 280 passing yards for the game and 100,116 for his career.

It marked another NFL record — Brady’s 55th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning.

Brady already owns the career regular-season passing yards record, which he took from Drew Brees last season. Brees is a distant second on the list for regular-season plus postseason yardage, at 85,724.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Gisele Bundchen, wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured) celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs QB Tom Brady confirms divorce is finalized

Tom Brady confirmed Friday that his 13-year marriage with Gisele Bundchen is over.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback wrote on Instagram that their divorce was finalized in recent days.

“We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together,” Brady wrote. “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 that they deserve.”

Bundchen also took to social media to announce the news on Friday.

“With much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce,” she wrote on Instagram. “My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart.”

Brady, 45, and Bundchen, 42, have two children — son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian, 9. He has a 15-year-old son, John, from a previous relationship.

Brady, whose Buccaneers lost their third straight game on Thursday night, said they arrived at the decision to split after much consideration.

“Doing so is, of course, painful and difficult, like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world,” he wrote. “However we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written.”

Brady concluded his post by asking for privacy and respect as they “navigate what is to come in the days and weeks ahead.”

TMZ reported Friday that paperwork was being filed in Florida and that terms of the agreement will remain sealed and confidential.

Their divorce involves a division of millions of dollars’ worth of assets for the couple, who married in February 2009. Multiple reports have put the value of their property portfolio at $26 million.

Brady landed at No. 9 on Forbes’ 2022 list of highest-paid athletes, with the publication pegging the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s annual salary at $83.9 million — $52 million of it in endorsements. When he retires, he has a job waiting for him as the No. 1 football analyst at FOX Sports, where he is signed to a 10-year, $375 million deal.

Celebrity Net Worth has estimated the fortune of Bundchen, a model and entrepreneur, at $400 million.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady apologizes for comparing football to military deployment

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady began Thursday’s press conference by apologizing for comparing playing an NFL season to military deployment.

Brady’s mea culpa came three days after he was discussing a work-life balance with Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant on his “Let’s Go” podcast. The 45-year-old Brady was referencing on how one must limit other aspects of life in order to focus on winning a championship.

“I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military,” Brady said Monday. “It’s like, ‘Man, here I go again.’ There’s only one way to do it.”

Brady was quick to apologize on Thursday.

“Before we start can I say one thing? Earlier this week I made a statement about playing football and the military, and it was a very poor choice of words,” Brady said. “I just want to express to any (one) out there that people may have taken it in a certain way. So, I apologize.”

When pressed to explain what he meant with the comparison, Brady went a different route.

“To be honest I don’t really want to expand on it too much,” Brady said. “I have a tremendous amount of gratitude to everyone who served. In the end, we play a game, and the military is defending our country. It’s two different things and I shouldn’t have made the comparison.”

–Field Level Media

Tom Brady (12) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off the field during warmups at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on October 16, 2022.

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Bucs coach: Tom Brady doesn’t get ‘special treatment’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Tom Brady doesn’t get “special treatment” while addressing the quarterback’s absence from the team’s final walkthrough to attend the wedding of Robert Kraft.

But it is getting special attention.

Brady missing Saturday’s final walkthrough is getting scrutiny in the aftermath of Tampa’s bad loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Bucs were 9.5-point favorites but lost 20-18.

Bowles was asked about the optics of Brady’s absence, given his extended sabbatical during training camp, among other excused absences and scheduled days off.

“He works as hard as anybody,” Bowles said. “Special treatment — there have been a few guys that have missed some meetings and some practices for some special things. It just doesn’t get publicized because they’re not him. It kind of comes with the territory. We don’t worry about it too much.”

Kraft got married Friday night in New York in a surprise wedding to Dr. Dana Blumberg. The pair invited 250 or so guests to an event but didn’t tell them about the nuptials, per reports. It was a star-studded affair that included Brady — but not New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick said Monday he told Kraft it would be best to focus on the Patriots’ game against Cleveland on Sunday, a game the Patriots won.

Brady, meanwhile, skipped the team’s morning walkthrough and rejoined the team Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Brady finished 25-for-40 with 243 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. The loss dropped the Bucs to 3-3.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL fining Tom Brady $11K for kicking player

Tom Brady has made a fortune with his arm, but his leg reportedly will cost him $11,139.

ESPN reported Friday that the NFL has informed the Buccaneers quarterback he will be fined that much for kicking Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett on Sunday.

Jarrett was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play late in the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay’s 21-15 win. Brady swung his leg at Jarrett as both players were getting up but did not make contact.

Brady, 45, has passed for 1,409 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception in five starts this season, the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s 23rd NFL campaign.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) discusses a call with side judge Jonah Monroe (120) during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs QB Tom Brady passes on ‘roughing’ talk

Tom Brady is taking a hard pass on the simmering roughing the passer penalty discussion.

The Buccaneers’ 45-year-old quarterback benefited from a questionable flag in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, when defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was penalized for what appeared to be a clean takedown for a sack in the fourth quarter.

Referee Jerome Boger called Jarrett for “unnecessarily” tossing Brady to the turf on the third-down play with 3:03 remaining. No flag would’ve almost assuredly forced a punt to the Falcons in a one-score game.

The Buccaneers won 21-15.

“What I had was the defender grabbed the quarterback while he was still in the pocket, and unnecessarily throwing him to the ground,” Boger said postgame to the assigned pool reporter. “That is what I was making my decision based upon.”

Brady said Monday night in his regular “Monday Night Football” interview that he doesn’t worry about penalties.

“It was a long hug, a long unwelcome hug from Grady,” Brady said on the Sirius/XM Podcast Let’s Go! “And he was in the backfield all day. So as I said after the games, I don’t throw flags. What I do throw is tablets, and I didn’t have one accessible at that time. He had a hell of a game. I’ll leave it at that.”

Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said “a lot of people would’ve gotten that call,” in reference to Brady not receiving preferential treatment from officials.

ESPN reported Tuesday that, after the season, the NFL’s competition committee plans to review roughing the passer penalties.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady on NFL parity: ‘I watch a lot of bad football’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady gave a blunt assessment of the quality of football he sees in the NFL, saying Thursday that he watches “a lot of bad football.”

Brady, back at practice after missing Wednesday with shoulder and finger injuries, was asked about parity around the league, given the number of 2-2 teams. For the record, there are 15 of them, including Brady’s Bucs.

“I think there’s a lot of bad football from what I watch,” Brady said. “I watch a lot of bad football. Poor quality of football. That’s what I see.”

Brady cited new coaches, new front offices and the transient nature of player movement as contributing factors.

“I think every year the challenge of football is that everyone starts at the bottom,” he said. “You gotta work your way up. There’s a lot of new players, a lot of transition, guys come and go. The teams, the strengths are different. That why everyone tunes in to watch football every week because you never know what you’re going to get.”

As for his injuries (right shoulder/right finger), Brady shrugged them off.

“I’ll be there Sunday.”

The Bucs host the Falcons (2-2).

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Gisele Bundchen , wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured) celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen hire divorce lawyers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, each have hired divorce lawyers, Page Six reported Tuesday.

Tabloid reports over the past several weeks said the two have been living apart after an argument. The reason for the dispute isn’t known, but Bundchen reportedly is upset, in part, about Brady’s decision to renounce his retirement and return to the NFL for a 23rd season.

In an interview with Elle magazine published last month, she sounded disappointed about his decision to play.

“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bundchen said. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for (them). He needs to follow his joy, too.”

Brady, 45, and Bundchen, 42, have two children — son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian, 9. He has a 15-year-old son, Jack, from a previous relationship.

A divorce would involve a division of millions of dollars’ worth of assets for the couple, who married in February 2009. Page Six reported they have a property portfolio worth $26 million.

Brady landed at No. 9 on Forbes’ 2022 list of highest-paid athletes, with the publication pegging his annual salary at $83.9 million — $52 million of it in endorsements. When he retires, he has a job waiting for him as the No. 1 football analyst at FOX Sports, where he is signed to a 10-year, $375 million deal.

Celebrity Net Worth estimates the fortune of Bundchen, a model and entrepreneur, at $400 million.

–Field Level Media