Tom Brady apologizes for comparing NFL to ‘going away on deployment for the military’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady talks with Blaine Gabbert during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
CNN  — 

Tom Brady has apologized for a “very poor choice of words” after he compared playing in the NFL to a military deployment.

“Earlier this week, I made a statement about playing football and the military and it was a very poor choice of words,” Brady told reporters during a regularly scheduled press conference on Thursday.

“And I just want to express that to any sentiments out there, that people may have taken it in a certain way, so I apologize.

“I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for everyone who served and, in the end, we play a game and the military is defending our country is two very different things and I shouldn’t have made the comparison.”