Tom Brady baffled he stumbled badly in season-ending loss: ‘It didn’t even happen’

Tom Brady tries to figure out why he’s being fined by the NFL for something that didn’t happen.

During the latest episode of his SiriusXM podcast “Let’s Go,” the Buccaneers quarterback said he has already appealed his $16,444 fine for trying to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker during a a fumbled comeback in Tampa Bay’s season-ending wild card loss.

“I’m a little disappointed though,” Brady said. “I tried to tackle him with my right shoulder and I missed. And I wasn’t going to try to put my arm out, so I was trying to put him down. I tried to put him down and I missed. Completely! I didn’t even hit him. I tried to trip him, but I didn’t!

“So I don’t know how you can be fined for something that didn’t even happen. Are they sanctioning an intent? It’s like targeting and you missed the person that you got hit and they still call it targeting. I need to figure out and understand why that is. That’s why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.

Tom Brady is appealing a fine for trying to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker on a fumble return in the Buccaneers’ season-ending wild-card loss.
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Before that, in the interview, the quarterback dropped a few F-bombs when co-host Jim Gray said “you’re keeping everyone guessing” and asked about his playing future.

“Jim, if I knew what I was going to do, I would have done it already,” Brady said. “I take it one day at a time.”

The two shared a laugh as Gray added, “I sense you’re upset about the question.”


Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the Cowboys during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady during the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.
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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field after losing to the Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field after losing to the Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.
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Brady went on to explain that he has been spending time with his family since his 23rd season ended last week.

“I’ve done a lot with my kids and my family, trying to catch up like football players probably do at the end of a long season,” Brady said. “There is a lot of decompression. I know we use that word a lot, but there’s a real hard-landing element to all of this and doing it as long as I’ve been doing it, there’s no soft landing either. It ends and it’s over. Even if you wish something was a little softer on release, that’s just not the reality.

Brady, who turns 46 in August, is a free agent for the second time in his career. The quarterback — who has been linked to the Dolphins, Raiders, Titans and 49ers — could return to Tampa for a 24th NFL season, bring his talents to another team, or retire permanently.

Earlier this week, several anonymous Buccaneers players said they didn’t think Brady would return to Tampa Bay for a fourth season if he continued playing.

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