Tom Brady Confirms Tampa Bay Bucs Return
Tom Brady is perhaps the biggest name to ever come out of the NFL. The NFL may be primarily targeted at American audiences but sports fans around the world know who the superstar quarterback is. Just a few months ago the seven-time Super Bowl winner called time on his legendary career after 22 seasons of dominating the sport. Now that decision has been reversed, and Brady has decided to give it one more year.
Having amassed an incredible 5 Super Bowl MVP awards and three league MVP awards over what was an amazing lengthily career in the NFL, fans were sad to see the superstar departing the sport. He was the face of the league and recovering from his loss would be difficult for the NFL. But now, they no longer have to worry about that problem. At least not this season.
Why Did Brady Originally Decide to Retire?
The veteran put out a post on Twitter stating that he felt his place was on the field and he didn’t feel as though his time in the NFL was up. He originally cited family time and connection as the reason he was taking a step back from football, but also thanked his family for their support and love when he recently made the decision to unretire. This is going to be Brady’s 23rd career year in the NFL as he feels he still has unfinished business with the Buccaneers.
There are rumours circulating that Brady wanted to re-enter the sport after watching a sparkling display from Cristiano Ronaldo in the Premier League not too long ago. Brady visited the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford, which is also owned by Tampa Bay owners – the Glazer family. At the game, 37-year-old Ronaldo scored a hattrick with Brady applauding in the stands. Many fans speculate that Brady was inspired by another athlete at the top of his game, which made him want to prove himself once again on the football field.
Huge Boost for the Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will surely be over the moon at Brady’s decision to spend another season with them. Following the announcement, the team acted quickly by securing Ryan Jensen down to a $39 million deal. Jensen was one of Brady’s main protectors in the last few seasons in Tampa, and having the duo play together again can only lead to more success for the franchise.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht was particularly thrilled by the news, stating his pleasure at the fact that he’d have Brady on his team for another season. He cites Brady as the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL and says that his reintroduction will allow the team to challenge for yet another championship in the upcoming season. Brady spent two years in Tampa, which turned out to be the two most successful back-to-back seasons in the history of the franchise. Brady also won his 7th Super Bowl title with the Bucs, who are no doubt now eyeing this trophy even more keenly for the season.