The GOAT Is Back.

The GOAT Is Back.
Tom Brady

That didn’t take long. After about six weeks of retirement, Tom Brady has returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady announced the news on Twitter on the night before NFL free agency begins.

Brady and the Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in a topsy-turvy NFC Divisional Playoff game in January — even after the Buccaneers nearly pulled off a Super Bowl LII-like comeback. But in that moment and the proceeding couple of weeks, Brady had seen enough, retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons.

He couldn’t stay away.

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greet after the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brady’s return to the Buccaneers restores power to the NFC, some four days after Russell Wilson departed the conference for the Denver Broncos in a seismic trade. For a few days, the NFC was suddenly quarterback-lite. With Brady’s return, Tampa Bay is instantly [again] a frontrunner to contend for the Super Bowl in 2022.

All told, teams led by Brady have won seven Super Bowls in ten tries. Brady’s New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants twice and the Philadelphia Eagles once.

Brady holds almost every major passing record on the books. Now, he’ll get at least 17 more games to pad his lead over men like Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

He’ll be 45 years old when the 2022 regular season begins.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His YouTube Channel, VikesNow, debuts in March 2022. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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