Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said he felt he could still play at a high level and that's why he decided to return for his 23rd NFL season. On February 1, Brady announced his retirement from the NFL. On March 14, Brady announced he would be returning for his 23rd season in the NFL.
In his message, Brady wrote he had "unfinished business" with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I knew my body, physically, could still do what it could do and obviously I have a love for the game, I think I'll always have a love for the game," Brady told ESPN.
"I do think physically I'll be able to do it. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the field."
Brady knows he doesn't have much left
Brady, who will turn 45 before the next season begins, admitted he is aware of the fact that his career is coming to an end.
"I know I don't have a lot left, I really do. I know I'm at the end of my career," Brady said. "I wish you could go forever, but it's just not and football comes at too high of a cost now. My kids are getting older and it's just getting harder and harder to miss these things.
But, I wanted to give myself and my teammates and our organization another incredible opportunity to accomplish something that we'd all be very proud of." After Brady retired, the Buccaneers were left without a quarterback.
When Brady announced his decision to return for his 23rd season, the Buccaneers were absolutely thrilled. “We are thrilled that Tom has decided to come back this season,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht.
“We said we would leave all options open for him should he reconsider his retirement and today’s announcement is something we have been preparing for in recent days. Bruce and I have had plenty of conversations with Tom recently that led us to believe there was a realistic chance he would want to come back.
Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time who is still playing at an elite level. With this decision now made, we will continue to move forward with our offseason plans to reload this roster for another championship run." The Buccaneers' chances of winning the Super Bowl massively increased after Brady announced his return.