Brady is Back
Can you believe it? Last month, the world was in shambles after learning that Tom Brady had decided to retire. Just 40 days later, Brady has changed his mind and decided to return to the NFL with the Bucs and play his 23rd season.
Tom Brady brought his team to victory in 2021, winning Super Bowl LVI. In 2022, he was just one step behind, losing to the LA Rams in the divisional round. Since the start of his NFL career in 2000, Brady has won 7 Super Bowl titles. He has won the Super Bowl in the years 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021. Does the every-other-year pattern give promise to Tampa Bay in 2023?
Why he left
On his podcast Let’s Go, Brady shared about the importance of being present with family. “I’m gonna spend some time with them and give them what they need, because they’ve really been giving me what I need the last six months — to do what I need to do and I said this a few years ago. It’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always about what I want. It’s about what we want as a family,” The quarterback expressed that he wasn’t all-in on his competitive commitment to the game and that he needed to put his focus on other ventures. Click here to read about his decision to retire in the first place.
Reunited with Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay never closed the door when Brady left. He left while still in a productive and healthy state, still performing at a championship level. “Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” Coach Bruce Arians stated. The return of Brady is hugely beneficial to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs were unlikely to trade up for another top-performing quarterback in the upcoming season, so they’re happy to welcome their star with open arms. Getting their top quarterback also helps with free agency. It’s much easier to get a free agent to sign when the team is already stacked with the GOAT.
Why he’s coming back
There was uncertainty of the permanence of Brady’s retirement. Fans and teammates weren’t convinced. Even Brady himself never closed the door on his retirement, stating on his podcast, “You never say never… I’m just gonna take things as they come,”
Even though the news was official for a short period of time, it feels like Brady never went away. He maintained an active presence online and even reflected on his football career. “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.” Brady’s wife, Gisele congratulated her husband on Instagram, commenting on his post announcing his return.
Let's see what's to come for Brady's 23rd season in 2023!