Tom Brady couldn’t keep away in any case. His retirement lasted lower than six weeks, reversing course to announce his intentions of returning to Tampa Bay for his twenty third NFL season. Harkening again to reminiscences of Brett Favre with the Jets and Vikings, Brady’s “retirement” extra so served as an extended trip. Brady shall be 45 when he takes his subsequent NFL snap, beginning his skilled journey earlier than many of the athletes within the NCAA Tournament have been born.
On Selection Sunday, the true loser wasn’t any of the groups settling to play within the NIT. It was Blaine Gabbert. Any probability Brady’s two-year back-up with Tampa Bay had of guiding the Buccaneers subsequent season is lifeless. This is Tom’s crew, and actually, Tom’s league till he says in any other case.
Brady introduced his “retirement” on Feb. 1, seemingly ending the profession of essentially the most affluent quarterback of all-time. He spent 39 days as a former athlete earlier than deciding to return again to the NFL for no less than yet one more yr. Of course, he could change his thoughts once more and truly by no means play one other down. Brady might additionally play till he’s 50.
Statistically, Brady strolling away from soccer by no means made sense. The longtime Patriot completed the 2021 season with an NFL-record 485 go completions and a career-high 5,316 passing yards. He threw 43 touchdowns and solely a dozen interceptions. Brady is the oldest participant in NFL historical past to go for no less than 5,000 yards, along with his 2021 complete representing the third-highest mark in a single season within the league’s existence.
Brady’s timing comes lower than a day earlier than NFL free company begins, as a number of the Buccaneers’ key gamers, together with heart Ryan Jensen and working again Leonard Fournette, might have signed with different groups beginning at Noon EST on Monday. Now most of the items Brady led to a Super Bowl victory within the 2020 season and a detailed loss to the eventual-champion Rams in NFC Divisional Round ought to return to Tampa Bay this coming season.