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Tom Brady to keep year-to-year approach as career winds down

NFL great Tom Brady is unsure as to whether the 2022 season will be his last before retirement.

TAMPA, FL - JUN 09: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks to the media after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minicamp on June 09, 2022 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Tom Brady will not commit to playing beyond 2022, though said it is not a certainty that the upcoming NFL season will be his last. Brady, who retired after last season before swiftly changing his mind, will turn 45 in August, and in May he acknowledged he is near the end of one of the most accomplished careers of any athlete.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback also said he believes he’s still got something left, however, as he approaches his 23rd training camp and third with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “My body feels really good,” he told Variety. “I’ve had a lot of traumatic injuries over the years, but if things go really smoothly and we win, that’d be great.”

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Retirement reversal

Brady also touched on his decision to temporarily announce his retirement in February, as well as his rationale for reversing course and returning to the Buccaneers. “I made the decision in the moment, and I felt it was the right thing for the team to let the Bucs know,” he said. “You need time to plan. And then through conversations with Bruce [Arians], [general manager] Jason [Licht] and my wife, I felt like I could still play and compete. I would have preferred to un-retire in July if I wanted to play, but I couldn’t. If I said I’m not playing, they’d make plans. So, I felt there was a lot of pressure to make a decision quickly. And then ultimately, I just decided, ‘yes, let’s do it.’ Once I said that, it was like – ‘OK, here we go’.”


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