National Football League (NFL) great Tom Brady has decided to withdraw his retirement just after 40 days of announcing it. Brady has announced that he will return for his 23rd season. Notably, the 44-year-old had announced that he will not play in the league after winning record seven super bowls.
In a social media post shared on Monday morning, Brady said that he has some "unfinished business" and does not want to be in the stands for now. "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," wrote Brady on Twitter.
The veteran quarterback, who tops the all-time lists for passing yards and passing touchdowns, had spent most of his career at the New England Patriots before switching to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the previous two seasons. He will continue with the club in his 23rd season. The club also welcomed Brady back by resharing his post and writing "Tampa Tom is BACK," on Twitter.
Why did Brady retire?
The main reason Brady gave while announcing his decision to retire was to spend time with his family. He had cited his desire to spend more time with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and three children when he decided to walk away from the game on February 1. However, he has changed his mind after attending the Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur game.
Brady not the first to return
Well, Tom Brady is not the first one to return after his retirement. There have been many prominent names who have come back from retirement and have gone on to play for their respective teams. Many Hall of Fame players across several sports returned to playing after retiring, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Bob Cousy in the NBA, Brett Favre and Reggie White in the NFL, Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux in the NHL.