The 44-year-old quarterback stated back in February that he was stepping away from the NFL after twenty-two seasons and seven Super Bowl titles. He cited a need to focus his attention elsewhere and said he was no longer able to offer the sport “100% competitive commitment”.
“I’m just going to take things as they come,” he said. “I think that’s the best way to put it and, you know, you never say never.”
“These past two months I’ve realized that my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he 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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 13, 2022
Responding to the news, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said the team was “ecstatic” about Brady’s return.
“Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” wrote Arians. “As Tom said, his place right now is on the football field. He is still playing at 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.”
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 14, 2022
Brady holds the all-time record for passing yards (84,520), completions (7,263) and touchdowns (624).