Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has announced he will return to Tampa Bay next season, just six weeks after announcing he was retiring from the NFL; Brady: ‘My place is always on the pitch and not in the stands’
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Seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has sensationally reversed his decision to retire from the NFL and confirmed his intention to return in 2022.
Brady said last month he was ending his storied NFL career that spanned 22 seasons, having amassed five Super Bowl MVP awards and three league MVP awards during a stellar career .
The veteran, who tops the all-time lists for passing yards and passing touchdowns, had spent most of his career with the New England Patriots before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. in the previous two seasons.
In the last two months, I realized that my place was always on the pitch and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates and I love my family who support me. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. LFG Unfinished Business pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm
—Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 13, 2022
Brady said ‘never say never’ about playing again in the week following his initial declaration of retirement, with the 44-year-old now confirming his intention to return to the Buccaneers for the 2022 campaign.
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In a statement posted on Twitter, Brady said: “Over the past two months I’ve come to realize that my place is always on the pitch and not in the stands.
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“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.”
Why did Brady initially decide to retire?
Brady spoke of his desire to spend more time with his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, and three children when he decided to step away from the game on February 1.
However, he changed his mind about staying at home a day after watching Manchester United’s game against Tottenham Hotspur. Brady sat with the Glazer family, owners of Manchester United and the Buccaneers.
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Many Hall of Fame players from multiple sports returned to play after retirement, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Bob Cousy in the NBA, Brett Favre and Reggie White in the NFL, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux in the NHL.
The Buccaneers are hoping star tight end Rob Gronkowski will also be back. Brady convinced his pal not to retire to join him in Tampa in 2020, Brady’s decision to return just days before the start of the NFL’s free agency period.
Brady’s U-turn ‘not entirely surprising’
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said in February it would be a “shock” to see Brady turn around and return to action.
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Speaking to NFL Network, analyst Scott Pioli said: “I’m not totally surprised, quite honestly. He said it in his own words, ‘the field is the place for him’. He plays and still performs at a level that is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
“The worst time you can make a decision about your future is in the first month after the season ends because nobody’s happy – except the team that wins the Super Bowl – your body doesn’t feel right. , your mind isn’t feeling well, so making decisions on a rush is usually never a good idea.
“Tom has had some time for his body to heal, to see what the ‘afterlife’ of football will look like and he doesn’t like it. Again, I’m not totally surprised. I’m sure he loves his teammates but there’s something that tells me the 2022 season won’t be in Tampa Bay.”