TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said he is coming back for his 23rd season in Tampa, according to a post on his Twitter page.
In the tweet, Brady wrote, “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. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.”
In a statement, Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians said he is “ecstatic” to see Brady return to the field.
“Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” Arians said. “As Tom said, his place right now is on the football field. He is still playing at a championship level and was as productive as anyone in the league last season. We are ecstatic that he decided to continue playing and working toward winning another championship.”
General Manager Jason Licht added the announcement was “something we have been preparing for in recent days.”
“Bruce and I have had plenty of conversations with Tom recently that led us to believe there was a realistic chance he would want to come back,” Licht said. “Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time who is still playing at an elite level. With this decision now made, we will continue to move forward with our offseason plans to reload this roster for another championship run.”
The announcement was met with excitement from former teammates like Bucs Wide Reciever Mike Evans, who tweeted, “LFG,” an acronym for “Let’s [expletive] Go.”
Wide Reciever Chris Godwin tweeted a picture of a smiling face with sunglasses in response to Brady’s tweet.
In February, Brady said it was ‘best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”
In a statement at the time, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Brady, “An incredible competitor and leader, his stellar career is remarkable for its longevity but also for the sustained excellence he displayed year after year.”
Brady has been considered by many to be the most successful quarterback in NFL history. Throughout his unprecedented 22-year career in the NFL, Brady won seven Super Bowls and set numerous passing records.