Tom Brady says his family was supportive of his decision to return for his 23rd season as he noted that the only reason for why he is still playing is because he wants to win. On February 1, Brady announced he was stepping away from football at the age of 44 after 22 seasons in the NFL.
On March 14, Brady announced to the NFL world he was unretiring. "Eventually, I had to make a decision just because they were getting into free agency. Would I have preferred to wait in the end to make sure I was really, really sure? Yeah.
But that wasn’t the way the NFL calendar works. So I spoke to Jason right before free agency. And I spoke to Bruce. And they’re like, as much as we’d love for you to give you time, we don’t have time. At that point, I decided to talk with my family and I said, “I think I wanna do this one more time if you guys will support that”.
And my wife was so supportive of it and she said, “Look, I want you to be happy. I want you to enjoy it and go out there and win”. Ultimately, that’s why I came back, to win. There’s only one reason to play for me at this point in my career.
And that’s to win," Brady told Complex.
Brady has 'unfinished business' with the Buccaneers
Brady left the New England Patriots after 20 years to join the Buccaneers in 2020. In his first season in Tampa, Brady led the team to a Super Bowl victory.
The Buccaneers were among top favorites for last year's Super Bowl title as well but they failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions after losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round. On March 14, Brady stated that he has "unfinished business" with Tampa.
The Buccaneers' chances of winning the Super Bowl next massively increased after Brady announced he would be returning in 2022.