After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their 2022 season in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, many people speculated that Tom Brady would retire. According to ESPN, sources predicted the Tampa Bay quarterback would be retiring from his NFL career because he wanted to focus on things like “family and health.” The sources added that he wanted to leave with no drama or grand gesture. On February 1, 2022, Brady officially announced his retirement.
“This is difficult for me to write but here it is: I will no longer have this competitive commitment,” the star quarterback wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram page. “I’ve loved my NFL career and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
40 days later, Brady announced on social media that he was coming back. “In the last two months it has become clear to me that my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he continued Twitter. “I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa.” The quarterback mentioned that he had some “unfinished business” to attend to. But even though Brady has come out of retirement, he still makes sure to balance his work and personal life.
Tom Brady is taking time off for “personal reasons”.
On Aug. 11, NFL Network national insider Ian Rapport reported that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was out of practice for “personal, non-football reasons.” He added in his tweet that it’s likely he won’t be in training or pre-season games for “a few days”. Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowels addressed the report later in the day.
“He’ll be back somewhere in Tennessee,” Bowles told NBC Sports. “He will take care of some personal things. We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled well before the training camp.” The head coach added that his presence during the first two weeks of training camp should allow him to get to know the rest of the team and assured people he would be back and ready for the season opener in September.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, Rapport said it was not a medical emergency. “I was told everything was fine,” he said (via The New York Post). “The best description I’ve gotten of that is that it’s important to find a work-life balance.” He added that the quarterback has been in the NFL for 23 years, so he knows the game well and should be able to take time off when he feels he needs it. We hope Brady returns with the same fighting spirit so he can help the Buccaneers succeed this season.