Why Tom Brady returned to the Bucs_freckle mole removal pen

Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times·9 min readIn this article:
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TAMPA — His competitive fire wasn’t extinguished by the sips of champagne from all the toasts to his career, which ended awkwardly only six weeks earlier. Instead, 44-year-old retiree Tom Brady sounded as if he were preparing for a game when he telephoned Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen.

“It felt like the morning after we had just lost to the Rams,” Christensen said of Brady’s phone call last Sunday, six weeks after the Bucs’ loss to the eventual Super Bowl 56 champions.

“He had a list. He said, ‘Here’s how we can be better.’ I think he had been out of retirement 12 hours or so by then. The first thing he said was he didn’t want to go out that way. He wanted to make sure we do everything to win it all next year.”

Christensen said he was unsure if there was a tipping point that caused Brady to return to the Bucs for the 2022 season.

“I honestly don’t know,” Christensen said. “I think he couldn’t picture himself not playing football. He’s a football player. The problem is he’s a football player at the top of his game. That’s the bottom line.”

The stat line for on Brady’s last season is what made retirement seem so unlikely in the first place. He was signed through 2022.

Brady led the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season. No quarterback had accomplished as much as Brady with his seven Super Bowl wins, three NFL Most Valuable Player awards, five Super Bowl MVPs and 15 Pro Bowls.

He led the Bucs to 29 wins and a Super Bowl 55 victory in two seasons in Tampa Bay. Brady seemingly had decided to leave the NFL while still at the top of his game.

The retirement announcement was mishandled, and Brady’s father, Tom Sr., has said his son felt pressured by media reports to announce a decision.

The Bucs played it perfectly, alternately celebrating Brady’s remarkable career while keeping the channels of communication open with him. They also had to go about the business of making plans to replace him, either through free agency or a possible trade with the Texans for Deshaun Watson.

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