Commentary editor Logan Guthrie discusses Brady’s possible trade to Miami after canceling his retirement.
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention. I’ve done a lot of reflecting the past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”
This is a snippet from an Instagram post earlier this year in which NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced his so-called “retirement” from the NFL, a retirement that I covered at the time. I’d like to apologize for the quarterback that many have called the Greatest of All Time making a liar out of me, or at least his social media team may have.
The news came as a confusing surprise to many when Brady announced he was leaving back in January, and this included Brady himself and many on his own social media team which has stated, “There was no media strategy planned because no one at Shadow Lion knew this news was coming.” They made a hasty tweet at first that confirmed his retirement which was just as hastily removed from Twitter, followed by both Brady and his father refuting the retirement reports, to then be followed by an announcement that he truly was retiring. So, what is really going on?
According to new reports, someone at Shadow Lion had heard of the possibility of Brady retiring, and so they took the initiative to put out a post and be ahead of the situation, but Brady had not officially told Shadow Lion what his final decision was, and thus the tweet was immediately removed. The media director of Shadow Lion, Gilad Haas, has stated that Brady told the agency a few days after this incident that he was actually retiring, and so new social media messages began to be prepared and sent out officially announcing so.
However, on Mar. 13 Brady met with Shadow Lion 30 minutes before he officially announced that after two months he has decided to retract his retirement, which was handled by the media company in messages such as the following from Twitter: “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”.
Rightfully so, many have been confused and upset by the announcement, because apparently 40 days later those obligations that he talked about no longer neglecting are just not important to him now because he wants to get at least another season out of his career. God knows he’s made enough money already, so perhaps family life and being a football spectator are just too hard for the Greatest of All Time.
Brady had said that football was a 100% commitment and that he wanted to focus on his family, but if he still holds this sentiment, then it seems his decision was to choose football over them, though I hope that is not the case or how his family feels. There are also rumors circulating that state Brady is getting traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Miami Dolphins, and while it’s just speculation, at this point who knows what the truth really is about this season for Brady.