Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has revealed the key factor behind his decision to end a rather brief NFL retirement.
Brady announced his retirement on Feb. 1, a week after the Bucs were eliminated by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. 40 days later, however, the seven-time Super Bowl champion announced he was coming back for a 23rd season.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday ahead of Tampa’s Week 5 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, Brady disclosed his main reason for rejoining the Bucs for another year.
“I just enjoy, you know, playing with the guys I play with,” Brady said (video via Pewter Report). “Represent the organization and try to do a great job.”
You can see the video of Brady’s answer below.
Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers in 2020 free agency after spending two decades with the New England Patriots. After leading Tampa to a Super Bowl 55 championship, TB12 was rewarded with a one-year contract extension.
Brady, now 45, led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) last season. He led Tampa Bay to their first NFC South division title since 2007 with a 13-4 record.
After Brady announced his decision to come out of retirement, the Bucs went to work in retaining several key pieces around Brady. Superstar wideout Chris Godwin, Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen and cornerback Carlton Davis all signed lucrative extensions with the Bucs.
Tampa Bay jumped out to a perfect 2-0 start by beating the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. But they dropped their next two games at home, falling to Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers 14-12 in Week 3 and 41-31 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4.
The Buccaneers welcome an Atlanta team that started out 0-2 before winning their next two games. The winner of the Week 5 tilt at Raymond James Stadium will take sole possession of first place in the NFC South.