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NFL legend Tom Brady in retirement U-turn

Kirk Miller
6 May 2022 |
Updated: 6 May 2022

NFL legend Tom Brady has made a quick U-turn concerning his retirement from the sport. It took the superstar quarterback just 40 days to go from stepping away from the game, to announcing that he is rejoining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Citing some unfinished business at the franchise, despite winning the Super Bowl with them in 2020 during his first season, Brady is coming back.

Door for return was never closed

When Brady stepped away from the sport earlier this year, the seven-time Super Bowl winner never had the door closed to him. The Bucs perhaps always knew that there was a strong chance of a Brady return as they didn’t appear to look too hard to sign another quarterback.

Instead, they got the news that they wanted, with Brady deciding that his time on the pitch wasn’t done and that he was back in business.

From 2000 draft to potential eighth championship

Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2000 draft and spent two decades with them, leading the franchise to six Super Bowl titles. He then made the move south to Florida to join the Bucs.

The gamble that the Bucs took on Brady immediately paid off as he led them to the Super Bowl in his first season with them. He couldn’t repeat the feat in 2021 as the Bucs were eliminated in the playoffs by eventual champions the Los Angeles Rams.

Still going strong

Even though there was no Super Bowl return last season, Brady still put together a big campaign for the Bucs. Remarkably, Brady beat his own record for passing yards with a tally of 5,316 last season.

Brady topped the NFL charts for the season as well for both passing yards and touchdowns. Brady is naturally a big asset for the Bucs. The implications of him staying go even further than just having his name on the starting roster.

The missing pieces

Brady’s return may have influenced other deals that keep the Bucs strong, as he returned with ideas about how to strengthen the team for next season. Brady announced his return a day before the free agency period opener. This allowed the Bucs to keep the likes of Chris Godwin, Logan Ryan, Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and to lock down the services of Ryan Jensen.

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