NFL great Tom Brady ends 40-day retirement, inspired by Ronaldo hat-trick

He is back! (But he never really left.) Legendary American football player Tom Brady has announced his return to the NFL after a brief 40-day retirement.

Brady, 44, is considered the greatest quarterback of all time with a record seven Super Bowl titles. He announced his (un)surprising U-turn on Twitter, saying…

“Over the past two months, I have realized that my place is always on the pitch and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates and I love my family who support me. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. LFG Unfinished Business”

Brady posted his announcement the day after he attended a Manchester United game at Old Trafford in England, where he saw Association football great Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, score his first hat-trick since returning to the club. The performance was undoubtedly inspiring.

After the match, Brady was filmed chatting with the Portuguese star on the pitch. Ronaldo asked him: “You’re done, aren’t you?” … to which Brady replied with an uncertain facial expression. It turns out he had his doubts all along.

His announcement comes the week after American basketball player Lebron James scored two 50-plus-point games in his 19th NBA season at the age of 37.

After his six-week “retirement” that saw him never miss a game this offseason, Brady will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a third season. He spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.

Brady returns for his 23rd season just two days after his “last career football touchdown” was auctioned off for $518,000, according to auction site Lelands. Brady threw the ball in the Buccaneers’ home loss to the Los Angeles Rams on January 23.

A moment of silence for the man who bought it.

Over the past nine NFL seasons, Brady has won four Super Bowl titles, every even-numbered year, including 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. Could 2022 be his #8 title? We will have to wait and see.

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