In a tweet viewed nearly 30 million times, former NFL quarterback Tom Brady squashed rumors that he would un-retire for a second time and suit up for the upcoming season. Previous speculation fueled by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen earlier this week had Brady coming back to play for the Miami Dolphins.
“Anyone who thinks I have time to come back to the NFL has never adopted a 2 month old kitten for their daughter,” Brady
quote tweeted to a game of telephone in which a user referenced Eisen, who himself was commenting on a conversation held at the NFL’s annual combine in Indianapolis last weekend.
Anyone who thinks I have time to come back to the NFL has never adopted a 2 month old kitten for their daughter. https://t.co/Qzf2H4vr1j
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 7, 2023
As all good rumors go, there was plenty of air in the pigskin to help this one fly on a rope. As Eisen referenced, Miami is the perfect landing spot for Brady if he were to get restless. More than anything, that’s where his kids live. Said to be a doting father, what better way to spend time with your kids and not upend their life (as if being Tom Brady’s kids wasn’t upending enough)?
It probably doesn’t hurt that Miami offers some of the best weather outside of California without having to sign over your entire paycheck to the government.
And as Breitbart reported, some other factors also gave the rumor some traction, saying:
The rumor does make sense, though. The Dolphins seem open to a change at the quarterback position. Brady has changed his mind about retirement in the past. He already lives in Florida, so he wouldn’t have to move that far. And, lest we forget, it was Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross who got fined $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton stemming from the Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.
Knowing that Brady is superhuman and possesses the seemingly impossible traits to be able to actually legitimately compete in the NFL in his mid-forties and has already demonstrated the desire to remain competitive isn’t a small thing either. And this time he doesn’t even have to worry about Gisele leaving him.
Less than a month ago, Brady posted a since-viral video to his Instagram account announcing he was done “for good.”
“Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring for good,” Brady began in the social media post.
“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning, I figured I just press record. let you guys know first so won’t be long-winded,” he continued.
“If you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine last year so really thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever. There’s too many.”
“Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all,” he concluded
One thing is for certain, Brady wouldn’t be coming back for the paycheck. Already loaded after a career of massive salaries and ad deals, he was also the recipient of a 10-year, $375 million televesion deal with Fox News. That contract was signed last summer during the first retirement, though it was put on hiatus when he joined the Tamoa Bay Bucaneers for another Super Bowl run.
As much as he offers in the booth, no doubt most football fans would like to see him on the fielf rather than just talking about the action.
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