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Tom Brady Will Return to Tampa to Play in NFL Season 23

The retirement of Tom Brady lasted 40 days.

Brady announced on Sunday that he will play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his 23rd NFL season.

On Twitter and Instagram, the seven-time Super Bowl winner revealed his decision, stating that he has “unfinished business.” The announcement overshadowed the NCAA’s Selection Sunday.

“I’ve recognized my position on the field is still on the field, not in the seats,” Brady wrote. “It will happen at some point. But that isn’t the case right now. I adore my teammates, as well as my loving family. They are the ones who make it all possible. I’m returning to Tampa for my 23rd season.”

Following the 2020 season, Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl triumph and the NFC South title last season. During his 20 years with the New England Patriots, he won six Super Bowls with coach Bill Belichick.

Brady, 44, topped the NFL in passing yards (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719) in 2021, but the Buccaneers fell in the divisional round at home to the Los Angeles Rams.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians remarked, “Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever met.” “As Tom mentioned, his current location is on the football field. Last season, he was as prolific as anybody in the league and is currently playing at a championship level. We’re overjoyed that he’s opted to keep playing and strive toward another title.”

When Brady announced his retirement from the NFL on Feb. 1, he cited a desire to spend more time with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and three children. A day after watching Manchester United’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, he changed his mind about remaining at home. Brady sat with the Glazers, the owners of Manchester United and the Buccaneers.

His comeback sent shockwaves through the sports world, and his teammates and Buccaneers supporters erupted in joy.

Right tackle, All-Pro It was “unreal,” according to Tristan Wirfs. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, both receivers, used emojis to express their happiness.

Brady’s comeback is “excellent for football,” according to Giants safety Logan Ryan. “THANK YOU!” tweeted Rams CB Jalen Ramsey. “Pass the ball to someone else for the final touchdown.”

Many Hall of Fame players, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Bob Cousy in the NBA, Brett Favre and Reggie White in the NFL, and Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux in the NHL, returned to play after retiring.

The Buccaneers are hoping their top tight end can help them win the Super Bowl. Rob Gronkowski is also back. Brady persuaded his pal to come out of retirement and join him in Tampa in 2020. Ali Marpet, a Pro Bowl guard, retired at the age of 28. Godwin, on the other hand, has decided to stay after receiving the franchise tag.

Brady’s decision comes just before the start of the NFL’s free agency period. Running back Leonard Fournette, cornerback Carton Davis, safety Jordan Whitehead, linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, Gronkowski, and others are among the Bucs’ major free agents.

According to his agent Mike McCartney, they kept one of those essential players when Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen agreed to a three-year contract late Sunday night.

Their judgments and the team’s strategies should be influenced by Brady’s return. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl chances have risen from 25:1 to 7 1/2:1, tying Green Bay for second place behind Buffalo at 7:1.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht remarked, “We are delighted that Tom has elected to return this season.” “We said we’d keep all possibilities open for him if he changed his mind about retiring, and today’s news is something we’ve been planning for a few days.”

“Bruce and I have lately had many talks with Tom that have led us to feel there is a reasonable chance he will wish to return. Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time and still competes at the highest level. We will continue to go forward with our offseason preparations to replenish this squad for another championship run now that this decision has been made.”

Brady has the most throwing yards (84,520) and touchdowns (84,520) in the NFL’s history (624). He is the first player to win more than five Super Bowls and has five times been named MVP of the game.

Brady has three NFL MVP honors, three first-team All-Pro selections, and 15 Pro Bowl selections. In the regular season, he is 243-73, and in the playoffs, he is 35-12.

He’s returning to add to all of those figures.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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