Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady talked to two-time NFL rushing touchdowns leader Marshawn Lynch but the 34-year-old running back didn't decide to come out of retirement and join the Bucs last season, per SportsNation.
Brady, who spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, changed teams for the first time last offseason when he decided to join the Buccaneers. Brady recruited Antonio Brown to the Buccaneers and also talked Rob Gronkowski out of retirement.
Lynch, who last played for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2019 season, eventually decided not to come out of retirement for the second time and join the Buccaneers. Still, the Buccaneers managed to win it all as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Brady motivated by the doubters
"I was always kind of motivated by people that say ‘you can’t do it, you’re not good enough, you’re not fast enough, not big enough, don’t have a good enough arm,’” Brady recently told Michael Strahan.
“I’ve had a body of work over a period of time, so you know, you just say, hey, quickly you forget. I think that’s a great part about football. It’s not really about what you did last year, it’s kind of what you’re going to do this year, so for me it was what I was going to do for the Bucs last year.
I still feel that way." Brady underwent a knee surgery this offseason and he is making a good progress. "I talked to him last week," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said recently. "I know things are going well.
"I don't want to put an exact timeline on it right now because I don't want to set expectations one way or the other, but I know that things are going very well." After leading the Buccaneers to a win over the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs, 43-year-old Brady revealed his wife urged him to retire.
"We were looking for my family," Brady said on "The Late Late Show With James Corden." "I said, 'Where's my family? Where's my family?' All the sudden, I see my oldest son run over to me.
"'Dad!' You know? I gave him a big hug. And I saw my two little ones. And then all the sudden, I saw my wife and I gave her a big hug. And just as I did it, she says, 'What more do you have to prove?' "I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick. "I think I moved on to something else pretty quickly."