EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In an unexpected announcement Sunday night, Tom Brady said he is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers for a 23rd season.
“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. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible,” Brady announced on Twitter.
After 40 days without football, Brady said there is still “unfinished business.”
Brady previously retired in February saying he wanted to focus his time and energy on other things.
12 News caught up with fans on Sunday night, who had mixed reactions to Brady coming out of retirement.
“I mean who can be totally surprised? He never really said retirement he never really said I’m retiring,” Bob Mega said.
“I had my doubts that he was going to stay retired. Really didn’t think it would be this quick he’d come back,” Matthew DeQuattro said.
While Brady is in search of his 8th Super Bowl Ring, Mega said he still has concerns.
“I don’t want to see him have a bad season,” he explained. “He risks coming back and not having a great season and that’s a sad ending to a stellar career.”
So far in his career, Brady has totaled 84,520 yards, 624 touchdowns, and 203 interceptions across 318 games.
He reached the playoffs 19 times, won 18 division titles, went 10-4 in conference championships and 7-3 in Super Bowls.