Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady said Sunday he has changed his mind about retirement and will return to the NFL next season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady won six titles in 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, then moved the Bucs in 2020 and led them to a championship.
But Tampa Bay lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams in January in the playoffs and Brady announced his retirement last month.
Now superstar quarterback Brady, who turns 45 in August, says he wants at least one more shot at a championship.
“Over the past two months I have realized that my place is always on the pitch and not in the stands,” Brady said in a social media post. “That time will come. But it’s not now.
“I love my teammates and I love my supportive family. Without them, none of this is possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa.
“We have unfinished business.”
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was thrilled to welcome Brady back.
“Tom Brady loves playing football as much as anyone I’ve been around,” Arians said.
“He is still playing at Championship level and was as productive as anyone in the league last season. We are delighted that he has decided to keep playing and working to win another Championship.
The Buccaneers simply posted a video of Brady on Twitter with the message, “He’s baaackkkk.”
The move comes in time for the Buccaneers to adjust their free agency and NFL Draft plans to allow the legendary signalman to return to uniform in the upcoming season and not a major vacancy to be filled.
“We are thrilled that Tom has decided to return this season,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said. “We said we would leave all options open to him if he reconsiders his retirement and today’s announcement is something we have been preparing for over the past few days.
“Bruce and I had many conversations with Tom recently that led us to believe there was a realistic chance he wanted to return.
“Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time who is still playing at the elite level. With this decision now made, we will continue to move forward with our off-season plans to reload this roster for another championship run.
The retreat lasted 40 days after taking days to be confirmed in the first place.
After speculation and reports that Brady was going to hang up his boots for the last time, model husband Gisele Bundchen confirmed his retirement plans on February 1, saying he no longer felt capable of committing to the sport. Football.
“I have always believed that the sport of football is an ‘all inclusive’ proposition – if there is not 100% competitive commitment you will not be successful,” Brady wrote last month. “It’s hard for me to write, but here it is: I’m not going to compete anymore.”
But the player hailed as the GOAT (the greatest of all time) found he was willing to manage the practice hours in order to prepare for another title quest with the Buccaneers.
– Rams Ramsey thrilled – Among those most excited to hear about Brady’s return was Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who had been Brady’s victimized defenseman for his last career touchdown pass. Now, other defensive backs could face this fate.
“THANK YOU,” Ramsey tweeted, “throw that last touchdown on someone else.”
Brady, five-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and three-time NFL Season MVP, already has a record 243 regular-season wins.
Brady will rewrite the NFL record book every week. He already has NFL career passing records with 7,263 completions on 11,317 attempts for 84,520 yards and 624 touchdowns.
The record he most wants to erase is the one he holds as the oldest player to play in and win a Super Bowl, a milestone he has graced no less than 10 times.
His legacy includes a fightback victory at the 2017 Super Bowl when he led New England from a 25-point deficit to complete the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Brady said last month that he would remember his career as an “exciting ride” and would “remember and cherish those memories and revisit them often”, saying he felt like “the most luckiest in the world.
Despite all the accolades Brady has received from sports stars around the world, he actually took the advice of retired NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal, who tweeted last month that Brady should “Raise go and do one more year”.