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Tom Brady calls off retirement: NFL teams, players react to QB decision

For 40 days, everyone thought it was finally over: that Tom Brady, seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and arguably the greatest player in professional football history, had finally hung up his helmet and decided to move on after more than two decades of an unprecedented career. sustained dominance.

Turns out it wasn’t over at all.

On Sunday evening, 40 days after announcing his retirement from professional football, Brady reversed course and said he would continue to play and dress in 2022. While Brady turns 45 in Week 1, he will lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an NFC South title. and a playoff win in 2021 showed he was far from over the hill or truly twilight. And his return sparked both renewed energy — and familiar dread — across the league.

Here’s a sampling of some of the best NFL team and player reactions to the tireless Tom Brady.

Of course, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the biggest winner from Tom Brady’s 2022 return. Historically one of the NFL’s sad franchises, Brady’s signing with the Bucs in 2020 led to a new era of success for the Buccaneers, including their first Super Bowl victory and division title since 2002.

In the same vein, Brady’s return is also very good news for members of the Bucs roster, especially star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who have both enjoyed great individual and collective success since joining. of Brady.

Brady has let it be known that he doesn’t like any of his offensive linemen getting sweaty…

While a Super Bowl ring surely takes the sting out of Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, he no longer has to face the accolade of being the last man to give up a touchdown to Brady.Ramsey was beaten by Mike Evans for a 55-yard touchdown in the NFC Divisional Round, which the Rams ended up winning on their way to Super Bowl LVI.

The thought of trying to take down Brady, along with the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of winning a game against him, has become a major source of pride for NFL players. Brady is hugely respected in the league, as evidenced by this tweet from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell.

Tom Brady’s announcement came immediately after spending his Sunday watching Manchester United (part of the Glazer family who own the Buccaneers) play against Tottenham Hotspur. but former NFL defensive back and Brady’s teammate Darius Butler thinks that might be the case.

“Brady sat in those bleachers once and said F— that!” Butler tweeted.

Granted, not everyone was amused to learn that Brady hadn’t retired — especially the NFC South teams. Watson business competitions.

The Atlanta Falcons have languished in mediocrity since the Pats returned under Brady to Super Bowl LI, and having him in their division has been salted in that injury. Even the Denver Broncos — who felt pretty good about themselves after trading for Russell Wilson – stepped in from AFC West after many battles with Brady over the years.

The Colts ended the episode they started when Brady first announced he was retiring from football.

Longtime best friend Julian Edelman quoted “The Office” to give his reaction:

Former Patriot Benjamin Watson has conspiracy theories.

Don’t nap Melvin Gordon, you might miss important news.

Brady’s brain works differently.

His former teammate LeGarrette Blount admits he didn’t see it coming.

Jonathan Stewart put it very simply.

Brady just couldn’t stay away.

Mark Sanchez tweeted, “Wow! He’s back.”

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