Tom Brady Unretires


Tom Brady is returning to the NFL after only two months of retirement.

After 22 seasons in the NFL, Tom Brady decided to retire on February 1, 2022, at the age of 44. Brady spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and only two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, when he announced on March 13 that he’d be returning to the game, he mentioned only his Buccaneer coaches, teammates and fanbase when he retired.

Zack Athy, a 19-year-old post-graduate from Holliston, Mass., and a Patriots fan, was hurt when Brady only thanked the Buccaneers fans.

“Tom Brady’s short-lived retirement has been a rollercoaster of emotions,” he said. “Brady expressed a lot of love to the Bucs and not much to Pats nation, and it really hurt.”

Brady is the most accomplished football player of all time, with 10 Super Bowl appearances, seven Super Bowl titles, five Super Bowl MVPs, and three regular season MVPs.

After a college career at the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000, as the 199th pick in the sixth round. When the starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe got injured in the 2001 season, Brady got his chance and never looked back, leading the Patriots to 17 division titles, 13 AFC Championship Games, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles.

After tensions between Brady, coach Bill Belicheck, and owner Robert Kraft, Brady decided to join the Buccaneers and led them to a Super Bowl title in his 21st season last year. This year, after losing to the 2022 Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, in the divisional round of playoffs, Brady announced his retirement on February 1, 2022, after his 22nd season.

Tom Brady’s unretirement announcement came via Twitter.

“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now,” Brady tweeted. “I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business.”

Joey Pollata, an 18-year-old lifelong Patriots fan, thought Brady’s retirement was staged.

“As a Patriots fan I’m glad that he’s back in the NFL. I think he is old and his retirement was an act,” Joey, a Junior from Leominster, Mass., said.

Rachel Rudisill, Assistant Sports Editor of the The Sunflower, thinks Tom Brady should have retired last year.

“If he retired after the 2021 Super Bowl – against the Kansas City Chiefs – Brady would have obtained the same satisfaction Manning did,” she wrote. “Brady would have retired knowing he left everything on the field with a positive result. His last memory could have been proving the NFL franchise wrong.”