Tom Brady Reveals on Howard Stern He Had to Change His Approach to Football to Save His Marriage With Gisele Bündchen

Tom Brady felt his time in New England was coming to an end before last season began and has revealed he had to change his approach to football to save his marriage.

The 42-year-old called time on a two-decade career with the Patriots last month, becoming a free agent before signing a two-year deal worth $50 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Earlier this week, in an essay for The Players' Tribune, Brady indicated a desire to be challenged and prove himself in a different environment had been one of the motivating factors behind his move to Florida.

Appearing as a guest on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM Wednesday morning, the six-time Super Bowl champion admitted always he felt the 2019 campaign would prove to be his final year in New England, even though the Patriots arrived into last season as the defending champions after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

The six-time Super Bowl champion also lifted the lid on his personal life, candidly admitting he felt he had to make a change in his life as his wife, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, wasn't satisfied with their marriage.

Specifically, Brady revealed Bundchen was not particularly happy at running the household while football occupied her husband's thoughts not only from September to January, but during the offseason as well.

"A couple of years ago, she didn't feel like I was doing my part for the family. She felt like I would play football all season, and she'd take care of the house," he said.

"Two years ago, as it related to football for me, I had to make a big transition in my life to say I can't do all the things that I wanted to do for football like I used to. I had to take care of my family because my family situation wasn't great. She wasn't satisfied with our marriage. I had to make a change in that."

While Brady stopped short of suggesting the decision to leave New England for Florida was motivated by his marital relationship, his comments explain why he missed the Patriots' Organized Team Activities in preseason over the last couple of years.

During 19 seasons in New England, Brady won an unprecedented six Super Bowls along with three NFL MVP awards—tied with Jim Brown, Brett Favre and Johnny Unitas for second-most all-time in the NFL behind Peyton Manning—and four Super Bowl MVP crowns.

The Patriots reached a total of nine Super Bowls during his time in Foxborough, winning the AFC East for the last 11 straight seasons. The Bucs, in contrast, last made the playoffs in the 2007 season and have won less than 40 percent of the games they have played since they made their league debut in 1976.

While Brady faces a massive challenge in Florida, he told Stern he relished the prospect.

"I would say I never cared about legacy. I couldn't give a s*** about [that]," he explained.

"That's just not me. That's not my personality. So why would I choose a different place? It's just time. I don't know what to say other than that.

"I had accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization and an incredible group of people. That will never change. No one can ever take that away from me. No one can take those Super Bowl championships or experiences away from us."

Brady's relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick was often subject of conversation during the quarterback's final two seasons in New England, amid reports the duo no longer saw eye-to-eye.

Once Brady announced he would leave the Patriots, the perceived divide between the two was swiftly pegged as part of the reason behind the former Michigan alumni's drastic change of scenery.

The four-time Super Bowl MVP, however, firmly pushed back against rumors of a fracture in the relationship between him and Belichick, who arrived in New England just months before Brady was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.

"I think he [Belichick] has a lot of loyalty," Brady told Stern.

"He and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to, and nor should they be. So many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship and how he felt about me. I know genuinely how feels about me.

"I'm not going to respond to every rumor or assumption made other than what his responsibility as coach is to get the best player for the team not only for the short term but the long term as well."

However, the new Bucs signal-caller conceded the dynamic with his former head coach had changed as Belichick began considering the Patriots' future without Brady.

"I got into uncharted territory as an athlete because I started to break the mold of what so many other athletes experienced," he added.

"I was an older athlete, and he started to plan for the future, which is what his responsibility is, and I don't fault him for that. That's what he should be doing."

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 4 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Brady left the Patriots after two decades last month. Maddie Meyer/Getty