om Brady has made a U-turn on his retirement plans and will return for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season.
The 44-year-old previously announced he was retiring from the game after 22 seasons in the NFL.
But announcing his return on social media, he said he still had “unfinished business” despite the quarterback having already won seven Super Bowls.
Announcing the turnaround in his career, he said: “Over the past two months, I have realized that my place is 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 birthdayrd season in Tampa. Unfinished.”
Coach Bruce Arians previously hinted at a possible Brady comeback recently saying “that door is never closed” despite looking for a replacement quarterback to succeed their star man.
Brady joined the New England Patriots in 2000 and helped them win six Super Bowl titles before moving to the Bucs.
With his previously unappreciated new team, he led them to Super Bowl glory last year by being named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in the process.
Brady, who had been a guest of Manchester United and Bucs owners the Glazers to watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Tottenham at the weekend, was poised to guide his side to an unlikely play-off victory over the future champions of the Los Angeles Rams before his retirement.