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LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Tom Brady said family consideration will play a big part in determining his future as speculation builds that the National Football League (NFL) superstar could retire.

The 44-year-old seven-time Super Bowl champion, widely regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, told his “Let’s Go” podcast he will take his time before deciding whether to keep playing.

Brady’s bid for an eighth Super Bowl came to an abrupt end on Sunday when Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from the divisional round after a 30-27 home defeat to the Los Angeles Rams.

Reports emerged over the weekend that Brady was giving serious consideration to retiring after the season, despite having one year left on his contract.

Brady on Sunday said he would consider his future on a “day-by-day” basis.

On Monday, he gave a more expansive answer, emphasizing his family’s wishes would influence his next steps.

The biggest difference now that I’m older is I have kids now, too, you know, and I care about them a lot.

“As I’ve gotten older football is extremely important in my life, and it means a lot to me, and I care a lot about what we’re trying to accomplish as a team and I care a lot about my teammates,” Brady said.

“The biggest difference now that I’m older is I have kids now, too, you know, and I care about them a lot.”

“They’ve been my biggest supporters. My wife is my biggest supporter. It pains her to see me get hit out there. And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband, and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad.”

“I’m gonna spend some time with them and give them what they need, ‘cause they’ve really been giving me what I need the last six months to do what I love to do.”

“I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family. And I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.”

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