The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2022 offseason has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. From Tom Brady and Ali Marpet retiring to Brady unretiring followed by Bruce Arians stepping down, it’s been a helluva ride.
The burning question has been why did Brady retire, and why did he decide to come back? There’s been a multitude of theories and even more articles written as to why, but now we hear it from the GOAT’S mouth.
“I wanted to make sure the team had time to plan,” Brady recently spoke with Complex.com. “I didn’t want them to get too far down the line and then realize that I wasn’t gonna play. So I tried to let them know as early as possible when I felt like I was sure that I wasn’t gonna be able to make the commitment to play. I wanted to tell them that my life was gonna take me in a different direction. Having different conversations with Bruce [Arians] and Jason [Licht], there’s still an intense love of the sport. I think that will always be there.”
Brady Went On
“I really wanted to make sure this offseason, and I had told the team, that I really need to spend time with my family if I’m gonna come back and play and make this commitment to this team. I love the players. There’s no way in the world I’d be coming back to play with guys that I didn’t care deeply about. I love Mike Evans, I love Chris Godwin, I love Leonard Fournette. I’m hoping Gronk comes back to play. And Donovan Smith and Lavonte [David], and Devin [White], and Carlton [Davis], and Sean [Murphy-Bunting], and Vita [Vea], all these guys that mean a lot to me.”
“I Wanna Do This One More Time”
“Eventually, I had to make a decision just because they were getting into free agency,” Brady continued. “Would I have preferred to wait in the end to make sure I was really, really sure? Yeah. But that wasn’t the way the NFL calendar works. So I spoke to Jason right before free agency. And I spoke to Bruce. And they’re like, as much as we’d love for you to give you time, we don’t have time. At that point, I decided to talk with my family and I said, “I think I wanna do this one more time if you guys will support that.” And my wife was so supportive of it and she said, “Look, I want you to be happy. I want you to enjoy it and go out there and win.” Ultimately, that’s why I came back, to win. There’s only one reason to play for me at this point in my career. And that’s to win.”
Say it louder for the Florio’s in the back. Brady said he wanted to do this “one more time”, let’s see how the media spins this one.
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