Tom Brady news: Legendary QB confirms NFL return in shock retirement U-turn

Tom Brady says he has "unfinished business" as he returns for a 23rd season in the NFL looking to win an eighth Super Bowl.

Tom Brady's retirement lasted just under six weeks.

The seven-time Super Bowl winner announced at the start of February that he was retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons, claiming he could not give the sport 100 percent commitment anymore.

However, that competitive fire that has driven him to so much success has been reignited after around 40 days of retirement - and he's now confirmed he'll be back for season number 23.

A day after watching a 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick for Manchester United at Old Trafford, Brady revealed he would be making a shock return to the NFL.

Brady also confirmed that he would be re-joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a third season.

The news comes just ahead of the official start of the new NFL league year and free agency, and hot on the heels of some huge quarterback news with Aaron Rodgers deciding to stay with the Green Bay Packers, and a blockbuster trade seeing Russell Wilson join the Denver Broncos from the Seattle Seahawks.

"These past two months I've realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,'' Brady wrote.

"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.''

Brady will have turned 45 by the time he runs out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the new NFL season in September, but he showed last season that he still has what it takes to succeed in the NFL.

Despite the host of hot-shot young quarterbacks in the league, it was Brady who topped the charts for touchdowns (43), passing yards (5,316) and pass completions (485) last season.

Those stats came a year after Brady won his seventh Super Bowl by leading the Bucs to victory in his very first season in Tampa Bay following his shock departure from New England.

Buccaneers thrilled with Brady return

The Buccaneers had left the door wide open for Brady to return, and head coach Bruce Arians said he was "ecstatic" to have his star quarterback returning for another season.

"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 towards winning another championshp."

Can Brady win an eighth Super Bowl?

Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick had dominated the league during their 20-year partnership, winning six Super Bowls, but Brady proved he could win without his long-time head coach with him after making the big move away.

The Bucs made the playoffs again last season, but lost out to eventual Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams, and Brady obviously feels the need to challenge for one last title.

It seems those competitive juices that top sports stars have soon returned for Brady, even after just a short spell as a former NFL player, but his return is still a huge shock to the NFL, especially coming so soon.

Brady was at Old Trafford on Saturday with his two sons as guests of the Glazer family, who own both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United. 

Perhaps a pep talk from Sir Alex Ferguson or Ronaldo were the final push to convince Brady to continue his legedary career for at least one more season.

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