Tom Brady expressed gratitude for his loved ones Sunday after the Buccaneers’ overtime win against the Cardinals, but there was one conspicuous omission.
When taking part in a postgame interview with Melissa Stark on “Sunday Night Football,” the Buccaneers quarterback gave his parents, siblings and children a Christmas Day shoutout. He did not mention ex-wife Gisele Bündchen roughly two months after their divorce.
“Say hi to my parents, my sisters, my kids, love you all, hope you had a good time. Merry Christmas to everyone, see you soon,” Brady said.
Brady, 45, announced in October that he and Bündchen, 42, had called it quits after 13 years of marriage. The former couple has two children together, son Benjamin, 13, and daughter Vivian, 10. Brady is also a dad to 15-year-old son Jack, whom he shares with ex Bridget Moynahan.
Leading up to Sunday’s game in Arizona, Brady spoke about what playing on Christmas would be like this year and his plans to celebrate after.
“It’ll be a new experience that I’ve never had before that I’m gonna learn how to deal with,” Brady said last week on his SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Go!”
“And I think that’s what life’s about. So you just asked a question about what have you learned from this football season? I’m gonna learn how to deal with Christmas Eve in a hotel, and I’m gonna have to learn how to deal with Christmas and Christmas night and still go out there and be a professional, and then look forward to celebrating Christmas with my kids the day after. Which is, you know, just part of what football season has been for a long time.”
Though far from perfect against the Cardinals, Brady helped lead Tampa Bay to its seventh win of the season with a 19-16 victory over Arizona.
The Buccaneers can clinch the NFC South this weekend with a win over the Panthers (6-9), whom they’ll host Sunday.