Tampa (AP) – Football star Tom Brady endured a full 40 days as a sports retiree – and then announced his comeback in the NFL.
“For the past two months, I’ve noticed my seat is still on the court and not in the stands,” wrote the most successful professional in NFL history with seven Super Bowl victories on his social media channels. He is set to play another season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he won the Super Bowl two years ago and two months ago did not try again against the eventual winners of the Los Angeles Rams. “We have pending cases,” Brady wrote. It means as much as: There is still something to do.
Already on Saturday, when he visited Manchester’s Old Trafford, Brady had grimaced meaningfully while chatting with Cristiano Ronaldo on the lawn when the football superstar asked him, “You’re done, aren’t you?” Brady probably already knew what he wanted to tell the world a few hours later.
Bayer star Müller is looking forward to Brady
Not only in the United States, but also in Germany, there should have been cheering among all the fans who heard the news before they went to bed: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already been confirmed as one of the two teams to host the first NFL games in Germany. Exactly when and against whom is still open, but Brady will probably be there and massively increase the excitement around the game.
“Fans could not have wished for a better start to regular NFL season games in Germany,” said NFL Germany boss Alexander Steinforth. “See you soon in Munich,” Bayern professional Thomas Müller tweeted with anticipation.
How competitive the team will be that Brady wants to win the Super Bowl with for the eighth time in his career – and nothing else will be the goal – is unclear. Whether his buddy Rob Gronkowski will continue his career and continue playing in Tampa is as open as the question of how the Bucs want to tie the many other free transfer professionals to themselves for another season. According to ESPN, the squad is currently $ 11 million more expensive to maintain than the rules allow. Brady has determined passersby Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as teammates.
Sporty among the absolute best
From March 16, the teams can officially sign players, and the unexpected clarity in the most important position will definitely help the Bucs. “Now that this decision has been made, we will move forward with our plans and reload the squad to another path to the title,” manager Jason Licht announced. There were initially no details about Brady’s contract situation, and it was unclear how the Bucs would handle the contract signed a year ago.
Brady proved last season that he is still one of the absolute best in the sport and that his age has made him slower but no less dangerous. No one in the league had as many passing yards (5,316), touchdown passes (43), successful passes (485) and passing attempts (719) as the California native. He also holds the NFL record in each of those categories. “He’s still playing at the championship level and was more productive than anyone else in the league last season,” said coach Bruce Arians, who spoke of being “excited” about returning.
Brady’s work ethic and discipline are legendary in the league and will no doubt surpass Cristiano Ronaldo, for whose record-breaking match he was in Manchester at the weekend and then snatched on the pitch with the Portuguese and several other United professionals. Both the Premier League club and the Buccaneers are owned by the Glazer family, who may have found out about Brady’s plans on Saturday.
termination from termination
On February 1, when he declared his resignation, he was still arguing that he no longer wanted to show the necessary one hundred percent dedication. Instead of the many hours on the training ground, travel and fitness, he would spend his time with his wife Gisele Bundchen and their three children Jack, Benny and Vivi.
But his “supportive family” appeared in the resignation, as did his love for his teammates. Brady did not explicitly mention his love of victories, successes and records. He did not need that.