Surprising mostly nobody, Tom Brady announced his intentions to “unretire” and return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady, who will be 45 by the time he enters his 24th NFL season this Fall, already holds NFL career records most championships by a player (7), passing yards (84,520), passing TDs (624), completions (7,263) and, to balance the scales, most times sacked (622). Essentially an afterthought following his career at the University of Michigan, Brady has become a professional sports icon.
His return follows a loss in the Divisional Playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champs, the Los Angeles Rams. Despite not leading the Bucs to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, Brady threw for a personal best 5,316 yards in 2021 in a 13-4 campaign. Since his retirement, speculation has grown that Brady would return, though many fans believed he’d switch coasts and end up in San Francisco. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but for now, it’s enough to welcome back the GOAT to the NFL.