The GOAT is back! In an unprecedented move, or maybe not, quarterback Tom Brady announced he will coming back to football just 40 days after his official retirement.
Tom Brady can't get enough. The 44 year-old athlete announced to Twitter on Sunday evening that he will be returning to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the upcoming NFL season as he still has 'unfinished business' there.
These past two months I\u2019ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it\u2019s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I\u2019m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFGpic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm— Tom Brady (@Tom Brady) 1647213180
Brady wrote in the statement,
"These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. 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"
The quarterback, whose birthday is in August, will return for the 2022 NFL season at age 45, making him the oldest active player in the league.
On February 1 of this year, Brady announced his retirement from the NFL after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl wins, of which 20 seasons and six titles were won during his time with the New England Patriots.
At the time of his original announcement, Brady explained that he was looking to spend more time with his family as the demands of football had become too much.
However, the athlete never seemed totally at peace with his decision.
Fans and analysts both speculated that Brady might return given his stellar last season in which he was voted second overall in the league for most valuable player. It seemed odd that the quarterback would retire before his level of play started to decline, which it clearly hasn't.
On Sunday night, the Buccaneers released their own statement on Twitter about Tom Brady's return to the team. Head coach, Bruce Arian, who was reported as a possible reason for Brady's original departure, wrote,
"Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around. As Tom said, his place right now is on the football field. He is still playing at a championship level and was as productive as anyone in the league last season. We are ecstatic that he decided to continue playing and working toward winning another championship."
It's all about the next one. #GoBucspic.twitter.com/ufAq4w2a4O— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 1647219623
Although it is unclear how much longer the NFL will have Brady after this season, he has long said he would like to play until he was 45, it is clear that Brady is writing a new chapter in his already exceptional career and he has his eyes set on Super Bowl ring number eight. Who knows-- 45 might just be his best year yet.
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