Tom Brady Unretires: NFL Stars & Fans React to Stunning News
Just six weeks after announcing his retirement, NFL great Tom Brady has revealed that he will be coming back for his 23rd season.
The 44-year-old quarterback said he was hanging up his boots last month after a record-breaking seven Super Bowl wins. But Brady took to social media on Sunday to announce that he has “unfinished business” and will be rejoining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“These past two months I’ve realised my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he tweeted. “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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 13, 2022
The shocking u-turn had social media buzzing, with the football world and Brady fans sharing their reaction to the news. Brady’s fellow Bucs teammates were especially excited about the development.
“LFG!!! Just unreal,” tweeted offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, a sentiment shared by his fellow players Mike Evans, Mike Edwards, and Chris Godwin.
LFG!!! Just unreal
— Tristan Wirfs (@TristanWirfs78) March 14, 2022
— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) March 13, 2022
— Mike Edwards (@M__Edwards7) March 13, 2022
— Chris Godwin (@CGtwelve_) March 13, 2022
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was the victim of Brady’s last-ever touchdown, was pleased to see that stat scratched from his record. “THANK YOU throw that last touchdown on somebody else,” he wrote alongside the laughing face emoji.
THANK YOU❕ throw that last touchdown on somebody else 😂 https://t.co/oum3tYbjbl
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) March 13, 2022
Brady’s quick turnaround was also ripe for humor, as many people chipped in to poke fun at the situation. This included comedian Ziwe, who tweeted, “Tom Brady faking his retirement to hear all the nice things people have to say about him is big leo energy.”
“Damn, even Tom Brady saw 7.9% inflation and record-high gas prices and decided he needed to go back to work,” added Huddle Up founder Joe Pompliano.
“Tom Brady sat in the pickup line at school for six weeks and said nah I’d rather let Aaron Donand piledrive me into the earth than go out like this,” commented one fan.
tom brady faking his retirement to hear all the nice things people have to say about him is big leo energy
— ziwe (@ziwe) March 13, 2022
Damn, even Tom Brady saw 7.9% inflation and record-high gas prices and decided he needed to go back to work.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) March 13, 2022
Tom Brady sat in the pickup line at school for six weeks and said nah I’d rather let Aaron Donand piledrive me into the earth than go out like this
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) March 14, 2022
Brady was selected by the New England Patriots as the 199th pick of the 2000 draft. He would help lead the team to six Super Bowl victories. In 2020, he left the Patriots for the Bucs, leading them to their second Super Bowl win. Brady was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for a fifth time.
Check out more reaction to his un-retirement below.
One conversation with Ronaldo and Tom Brady decided to comeback
Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence is unmatched. pic.twitter.com/Los7lSMNGS
— CR7 Rap Rhymes (@cr7raprhymes) March 14, 2022
Well, it looks like we aren’t getting rid of COVID-19 or Tom Brady.
— Mayo 🇺🇦🌻 (@MayoIsSpicyy) March 14, 2022
Tom Brady’s 40-day retirement pic.twitter.com/u52ZJWg2y7
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) March 14, 2022
Some guy paid $518,000 yesterday for Tom Brady’s “last” touchdown ball. I’d have given anything to see his reaction to the unretirement tweet. pic.twitter.com/eW0MjIQZ4D
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) March 14, 2022
Tom Brady waking up and seeing nothing but another Parent-Teacher conference on the daily schedule pic.twitter.com/Nr31xMCQ51
— 🅿️at McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 13, 2022
Tom Brady will be 45 when the regular season starts and become the oldest quarterback to start a game in NFL history.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 14, 2022
giselle probably asked tom brady to put the fitted sheet on the bed and he decided it was time to un-retire
— kam ⚡️ (@KamKizar) March 14, 2022