Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was known to have been retired for a total of 40 days, per NPR, and announced in a tweet in March that he was back in action in his 23rd season. On August 11, NBC Sports reported that Brady was absent from training camp for personal reasons that were not disclosed.
“He’ll be back somewhere in Tennessee,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said in a news conference after the report was released by NBC Sports. “He will take care of some personal things.” The head coach said he spent the first two weeks of the training camp getting to know the new team and the absence had been discussed beforehand.
Although Bowles said he was confident Brady would be back on the field before the start of the season, Greg Auman, the Buccaneers’ beatwriter for The Athletic, said tweeted that there’s a chance he won’t come back. “Brady has already retired once this year so I think it’s hard to rule anything out,” Auman wrote, responding to a fan who asked if the former Patriots quarterback would retire again. Because Brady’s absence was so secret, theories swirled around the internet as to what the quarterback was up to, including that he was appearing on a popular competition show.
A secret absence leads to The Masked Singer rumors
Tom Brady’s excused absence from the Buccaneer’s training camp sparked a rumor that the star quarterback could appear on The Masked Singer. Fantasy football analyst theorizes in a Twitter video Brady being on the show might explain why the reason for the absence is so mysterious. She also pointed out that former Buccaneers teammates Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski have appeared on the show. Even Los Angeles Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff joked about the theory.
“Hopefully Tom Brady is still on ‘The Masked Singer’ when we go to Tampa in November,” Demoff joked during an Aug. 19 game broadcast (via Us Weekly). “So if that’s the case, maybe we have a chance.”
But it seems the rumors that the star footballer is starring in ‘The Masked Singer’ are allegedly untrue. League sources have pointed out that Brady’s decision to take time off was strictly for family time as he was planning a trip to the Bahamas with his wife Gisele Bundchen, according to Pro Football Network. Brady may consider starring in The Masked Singer once he fully retires.