“I still have a place on the pitch”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said “the love of the game” brought him out of his 41-day retirement, believing he still had a place on the pitch. During an interview with ESPN, Brady, 44, said he was starting to think about returning for his third season with the Buccaneers and his 23rd in the NFL when free agency began last month.
“I knew my body, physically, could still do what it could do, and obviously I have a love for the game. I think I will always have a love for the game,” Brady said, adding that when it comes to his physical appearance, he believes he can still play at a high level.
Before officially deciding to end his retirement, Brady said he spoke to people close and important to him, including former Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion said he was looking forward to the challenge of wearing the Buccaneers to another Super Bowl victory and the opportunity to play under Todd Bowles, who replaced Arians as head coach after serving as defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers.
Brady led the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl title since 2002 with a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. However, they failed to defend the Lombardi Trophy after the Buccaneers suffered a bitter 30-27 loss to eventual Super Bowl LVI champion Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. .
A few days after the loss, Brady announced his retirement from the NFL.
As the Buccaneers try to remember last season, Brady said they would have to make many corrections to put the team in a better place to succeed and win its second Super Bowl title in three years. Although he realizes he’s at the end of his career, Brady said he can’t pass up the opportunity to achieve something with his teammates and the organization.
Last season, Brady led the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions and made him a runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award.
Bucs promote Maral Javadifar to new role
After serving as the assistant coach for the strength and conditioning team, Maral Javadifar was promoted by the Buccaneers as director of rehabilitation and performance, by USA Today’s Luke Easterling.
In a statement, the Buccaneers praised Javadifar for his role in establishing the Buccaneers as one of the best and most diverse organizations in the NFL.
Javadifar and assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust became the first women on a Super Bowl-winning coaching staff. “I am excited about this opportunity to improve our process focused on mitigating risk and increasing performance for our athletes,” Javadifar said in a statement. According to Buccaneers co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Javadifar will play a crucial role in the treatment of our players and their success on the pitch.
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