Actually, Tom Brady had already declared his dazzling career over. But the football superstar only lasted 40 days as a sports pensioner. There is still work to be done, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced. His place is still on the field, according to the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
Publicly, his wife Gisele Bundchen welcomed this sudden about-face with joy. In the gossip columns, however, it was recently speculated that the 42-year-old was actually hoping for more time together with Brady and the children. "Everyone has their situations that they have to deal with," said Brady recently. "You have to manage life as well as you can. It's an ongoing process," said the doyen.
Brady's ambition is legendary. The playmaker holds all important NFL records in his position. Even in the previous season, which ended rudely with the end of the playoff quarterfinals against the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams, the model professional again led the most important statistics. Recently, Brady was again voted Player of the Year in a league poll of NFL professionals.
With Brady's decision to return, it was also clear that building a team for the future in Tampa would have to wait. Everything was once again set up for quick success in West Florida, the squad was expensively reinforced with proven support staff for Brady. The Buccaneers' attempts to extend Brady's brilliant partner Rob Gronkowski to a contract extension were unsuccessful, but the Buccaneers are still among the closest contenders for the title.
But can Brady work his magic again in his 23rd NFL season? Even ahead of the Bucs, the Buffalo Bills and new signing Von Miller are traded by pundits and betting shops as the top favorite to win the Super Bowl, which will be played on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. "I've played so much football, many seasons, many games, many practices - I feel pretty good," Brady said calmly.
The still burning hunger of the title collector also pleases many fans in Germany. So a lucky few will still be able to watch Brady live at work on November 13 in Munich. Then Tampa Bay meets the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL's first competitive game in Germany.