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‘I Wish I Had a Clear Vision of What the Future Holds'

Highlights of the article:

  • Tom Brady has once again hinted at a probable NFL return.
  • In the weeks after his retirement from the NFL, the seven-time Super Bowl winner hinted at returning.
  • Brady must make a choice — and make it fast — for the welfare of all parties involved.

Perhaps we were all idiots to expect Tom Brady would really retire.

Brady, who announced his retirement on February 1, has hinted that he may not be done playing football after all. Rumors have circulated that the seven-time Super Bowl winner may force the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move him to his native San Francisco 49ers, who still have his rights. Maybe he’ll end up playing for the Buccaneers in 2022 after all. What are the chances?

Brady, as much as he seems to relish the attention, would seem to want to clear the air once and for all. In the meanwhile, as March approached, the three-time NFL MVP continued to play the “will he or won’t he” game.

Only weeks after retiring, Tom Brady continues to tease a return.

Brady’s future has been a source of frequent speculation since ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported on Saturday, Jan. 29, that the New England Patriots great planned to retire after 21 seasons. Although his camp originally denied the claims, the 44-year-old quarterback confirmed his retirement a few days later.

Rather than announcing his retirement and determining his future steps, Brady has spent the previous month allowing whispers of a possible return to circulate on social media. The most recent episode was revealed during an interview on golf icon Fred Couples’ radio program on March 1. “Perhaps you can tell us where you’re going,” a couple said, and Brady, who is rumored to be retiring, chuckled.

“I tell you,” Brady remarked, “I wish I had a clear view of what the future holds.”

Brady said that he has spent the previous five weeks with his family and intends to do so in the future. He did admit, though, that he enjoys “being active” and that he will work out his intentions later.

Brady should just come out and declare his change of heart if he wants to play again.

Brady has to communicate what he’s truly thinking for the good of everyone involved, from his family to the Buccaneers. Enough with the mind games and what seems to be a never-ending desire to have his name trend on social media.

If Brady, the three-time MVP, decides to return, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has already said that he would welcome him back into the fold. The experienced offensive coordinator, on the other hand, told reporters that he has no plans to trade his former quarterback until a club is prepared to offer up first-round selections.

The New York Jets and Detroit Lions are more likely to meet in a snowy Super Bowl.

Brady, who turns 45 in August, isn’t the first player to announce his retirement only to later realize that he isn’t ready to leave the league. Brett Favre had to be convinced three times that he wanted to keep playing rather than trim his lawn and appear in denim advertisements. Eventually, the Green Bay Packers legend realized it was time to call it quits for good.

Would Twitter users and ESPN commentators ridicule Brady for coming out of retirement so quickly? Probably, but they’ve also given him fashion advice throughout the years, and he’s come out looking great. 

Brady has to quit complaining and move on if he doesn’t want to play again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in 2022.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in 2022. Tom Brady keeps hinting at a comeback in the NFL | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Brady has not committed to returning as of the time of publishing. He’d be smart to rethink his present tactic and make a solid statement, as much as he enjoys the limelight. Either he has “unfinished business” with the Buccaneers and intends to return, or he has decided to retire. The third alternative is to just quit discussing retirement and go on with your life. 

Brady was fortunate in that he was able to make his own decisions concerning his future. He wasn’t forced out by a poor free-agent market or a career-ending injury. When you consider that the Michigan product passed for a career-high 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions last season, even Father Time can only go so far.

The constant “will he or won’t he” is a worn-out charade unbefitting of one of the game’s most powerful advocates. Peyton Manning was well aware of when his moment had arrived. In his last years with the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees didn’t allow worries about his future linger. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers both announced their retirements months in advance. 

Brady is dangerously close to being Antonio Brown, who gets irritated if his name isn’t mentioned in every third tweet and Instagram post. 

Never overindulge. Tom Antonio Brown is a writer. Never.

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