Tom Brady showed his appreciation to Bruce Arians after the 69-year-old announced he was retiring from coaching. On Wednesday, Arians announced he was stepping down as the Buccaneers head coach and joining the team's front office.
Brady joined Arians in Tampa two years ago and the two led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory in their first season together. "Thank you, BA for all that you have done for me and our team. You are an incredible man and coach, and it was a privilege to play for you.
You are a true NFL legend and pioneer for all the work you have done to make the league more diverse and inclusive," Brady wrote in an Instagram post. "Smart, tough, and loyal are a few of the words to describe your style.
I will always remember the conversations we had when you recruited me two years ago and all of the things we discussed came true. We all benefited from your leadership and guidance and I’m so proud of everything we accomplished.
You were a huge part of the decision to join the Bucs and I’m forever grateful. "I’m so happy you will spend the much-deserved time with your loving and supportive family that has given so much to our communities.
Congratulations on an amazing coaching career but more importantly, how you positively impacted me and everyone else in the game of football."
Brady returning made it easier for Arians to retire
On March 14, Brady announced he was returning for his 23rd season in the NFL.
The Buccaneers then resigned a couple of key free agents and also lured several free agent names to the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will be among top Super Bowl contenders next season and Arians he is giving Todd Bowles a good chance to succeed as the new Bucs head coach.
“It hit me after the Super Bowl,” Arians said. “I thought really hard about going out on top. Then it was like, nah, let’s go for two. [The 2021 season] was a grind with all the injuries but still winning and getting to where we got.
Immediately after, two to three weeks afterwards [I thought] … if I quit, my coaches get fired. I couldn’t do it then. “Tom was kind of the key. When Tom decided to come back … and all of these guys back now, it’s the perfect timing for me just to go into the front office and still have the relationships that I love”.