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Tom Brady Cancels His Retirement, Announces Return To Bucs For Another Season

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You can’t make this up people. Remember all that Tom Brady retirement drama during the Super Bowl last month, with wild speculation about him possibly hanging up his cleats after word leaked about retirement, with him first denying it, only for him to finally come out a week later and officially retire with lots of fanfare?

Well forget about it, because just 40 days after his official retirement, the seven-time Super Bowl champ announced on his Twitter and Instagram that he’s got “unfinished business” and that he’s returning to the Buccaneers as QB for another season.

“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” Brady wrote. “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”

As you can imagine, this sent shockwaves throughout the league. After all, the 44-year-old Brady led the NFL in yards passing (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719) in 2021, so he’s definitely a force to be reckoned with!

In a statement on Sunday, Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the announcement was something the team had been preparing for in recent days.

“[Head coach Bruce Arians] and I have had plenty of conversations with Tom recently that led us to believe there was a realistic chance he would want to come back,” Licht said. “Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time who is still playing at an elite level. With this decision now made, we will continue to move forward with our offseason plans to reload this roster for another championship run.”

Arians at the NFL combine two weeks ago said that he didn’t think Brady was returning, adding that he felt the quarterback was done because of the reasons he retired — mainly family. His children are getting older, and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, has said she has struggled with seeing him take so many hits. But Brady is able to return because of the full support of his family.

But in a statement on Sunday, Arians said the team is “ecstatic” that Brady decided to come back for another season:

“Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” Arians said. “As Tom said, his place right now is on the football field.”

Brady is the NFL’s career leader in yards passing (84,520) and touchdowns (624). He is the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and has been MVP of the game five times. Brady has won three NFL MVP awards, has been a first-team All-Pro three times and has been selected to the Pro Bowl 15 times. He is 243-73 in his career in the regular season and 35-12 in the playoffs.

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