Tom Brady compares the work he does in an NFL uniform to the work he did in another job that also required him to wear a uniform.

A quarterback for an NFL team said that the start of a new football season is like being sent on a mission as a member of the military.

“I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military, and it’s like, man, here I go again,” Brady said on the October 17 episode of the Sirius XM podcast he co-hosts called “Let’s Go!

The 45-year-old quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said that even though he tries to keep his work and personal life in balance, his “competitiveness takes over.”

“As much as you want to have this playful balance with the work balance, you’re going to end up doing exactly what you’ve always done, which is why you are who you are,” the athlete said.

Members of the armed forces thought about what he said and how it made them feel.

Reports that Brady and his wife, the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, had hired a lawyer to start a divorce have put Brady’s personal life and, in particular, his relationship with Gisele, in the spotlight in recent weeks.

Brady and Bündchen have two kids, Benjamin, who is 12 years old, and Vivian, who is 9 years old. Brady’s son with his ex-wife Bridget Moynahan is Jack, who is 15 years old.

Jim Gray, who was in charge of the podcast, asked Brady how he could “ignore the microscope” that is on his life in the media.

“Does it not make a difference to you what’s going on online and social media?” Gray asked Brady.

“Well I think the point is everyone should just be authentic to who they are,” Brady said. “You know, some people approach it in different ways and it just has to work for them as part of your personality.”

Brady continued, “My style is to just ignore as much as possible and realize that most of the people in the conversation don’t have a full idea of what’s really going on.”

Tom Brady announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the NFL after 22 years and a record-setting seven Super Bowl wins. After only two months, the NFL star completely changed his mind about everything.

“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he said on Twitter. “That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.”