The NFL season is a 17-game long grind filled with grueling practices, mind-boggling amounts of film study, and violent collisions week in and week out.
Despite being a league comprised of the best athletes from around the world, the average length of an NFL career is just 3.3 years.
Perhaps the biggest exception to the aforementioned statistic is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who is playing in his 23rd NFL season this year.
Even so, Brady admitted on his podcast "Let's Go" this week that each NFL season he enters is similar to "going away on deployment for the military."
"Tom Brady says he's finding it nearly impossible to focus on his personal life half of the year ... explaining he feels like NFL seasons are similar to 'going away on deployment for the military'," TMZ Sports tweeted quoting Brady on Tuesday.
The accompanying TMZ Sports article included several eye-opening quotes from Brady, where the Bucs' quarterback opened up about the grind of each NFL season and the difficulties balancing work and personal life.
"I almost look at like a football season like you're going away on deployment for the military," said Brady on his podcast. "And it's like, 'Man, here I go again.' The reality is... you can really only be authentic to yourself. Right? Whatever you may say... 'Ah, man, I want to, you know, make sure I spend a little more time doing this during the season,' the reality is, is when it comes down to it, your competitiveness takes over."
Brady's quotes might further explain the marital issues he and Gisele Bünchden are currently facing. It was reported last week that the two have separated, supposedly due to Brady's unwillingness to let go of football.