Tom Brady announces ‘unretirement’ on Twitter, will come back to Bucs for 23rd season

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He’s baaaaack.

Tom Brady’s retirement lasted barely over a month.

On Sunday evening, just as much of the sporting attention in the country was on pairings for the NCAA basketball tournament after they were announced, Brady tweeted out that he is coming back to play for the Buccaneers in 2022.

He initially announced his retirement in February.

Brady will be entering his third season as starting quarterback with the Buccaneers, who are no doubt relieved they don’t have to find a new quarterback in the draft and free agency.

Brady is the NFL’s all-time leader in an assortment of categories, including career passing yards (84,520), career passing touchdowns (624), most Super Bowl appearances (10) and most Super Bowl wins (7).

“We are thrilled that Tom has decided to come back this season,” Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said in a statement. “We said we would leave all options open for him should he reconsider his retirement and today’s announcement is something we have been preparing for in recent days. Bruce and I have had plenty of conversations with Tom recently that led us to believe there was a realistic chance he would want to come back. Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time who is still playing at an elite level. With this decision now made, we will continue to move forward with our offseason plans to reload this roster for another championship run.”

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was also pleased to hear Brady’s decision to unretire.

“Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” Arians said in a statement. “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.”

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