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Tom Brady to Return to Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “Unfinished Business”



FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady talks with the media after training on day 5 of summer training camp July 30, 2021. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – April Fools Day is right around the corner, but this isn’t a joke, folks. Tom Brady is returning for his 23rd season in the NFL and his third in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. Brady broke the news on Sunday evening.

“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he said via his social media accounts. “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.”

Brady announced 39 days ago that he was hanging up his cleats for the final time after finishing the 2021-2022 season with a career high 5,316 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. The Buccaneers fell short 30-27 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round.

So what does this mean for Tampa Bay? Fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the hunt for the successor to arguably the greatest player of all-time will be postponed for at least one more year.

If Brady proved one thing last season, it’s that despite being 44 years old, he can definitely still sling the rock. In fact, if it was up to Tommy Terrific he would probably play until he’s at least 50!

And he’ll have one of the best wide receiver duos at his disposable to do so with perennial Pro-Bowler Mike Evans and standout Chris Godwin. While a long term deal with Godwin has yet to be reached, the Buccaneers did place the franchise tag on him, meaning he will be a Buccaneer through the 2022 season. Godwin has a career high 98 receptions and over 1,000 yards receiving.

Will the Gronky and Tommy show return for another season? Gronkowski has said his decision to return to Tampa or the NFL at all returns on his best friend’s decision, and now that decision has been made.

The 2022-2023 season is definitely shaping up to be exciting with the return of Brady, plus one contest slated against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Rams, and AFC Champion Bengals, as well as the likes of Kansas City and Baltimore.

In the famous words of Brady himself, “Lets Go!”


Todd Grasley is a sports reporter for Florida National News. |


VIDEO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Safety Chris Izien Talks 27-17 Win Over Chicago Bears



Rookie Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Izien is already making an impact at cornerback. Photo via Pewter

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Chris Izien spoke with the press following the Buccaneers’ 10-point win over the Chicago Bears Sunday.

Izien, who made a clutch interception late in Sunday’s match, is already making history early in his career. With his previous interception in the Buccaneers 20-17 win at Minnesota last week, Izien is one of only four players in the NFL who have multiple interceptions already, prior to the games on Monday night.


Video by Todd Grasley, Florida National News Tampa

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VIDEO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea on Chicago Bears Victory



FILE - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (#4, center) gets sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (#50, left) as he attempts to run the ball during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys Super Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium Monday, January 16, 2023. File photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran defensive tackle Vita Vea talks 21-17 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday.


Video by Todd Grasley, Florida National News Tampa reporter

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Jaguars Fall to Chiefs 17-9



Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida National News)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) in their first home game of the season at the newly renamed EverBank Stadium. The Jags also lost to the Chiefs in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs to end last season. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce returned to the field after missing week one with a knee injury. Jaguars RB JaMycal Hasty did not play today, as he was on the inactive list with an unspecified injury.

Trevor Lawrence. Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida National News)

On the first drive of the game, QB Trevor Lawrence surpassed 8,000 passing yards for his career. He’s currently in fifth place all-time in team history, behind Byron Leftwich’s 9,042 yards. The first scoring drive of the game ended with a 32 yard K Brandon McManus field goal a couple of minutes into the second quarter, putting the Jags up 3-0. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had the first touchdown pass of the game, with a 9 yard completion to WR Skyy Moore, followed by a K Harrison Butker extra point, to put the Chiefs up 7-3 with just 27 seconds before halftime. The Jaguars made the most of the time remaining, setting up Brandon McManus to add a 49 yard field goal, narrowing their deficit to 7-6 at the half.

Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes. Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida National News)

In the third quarter, Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown pass. Harrison Butker added the extra point, to put the Chiefs ahead 14-6.

The Jaguars early 4th quarter scoring drive ended with a 22 yard Brandon McManus field goal, to make the score 14-9. Harrison Butker later added a 38 yard field goal putting the Chiefs up 17-9.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 216 yards but no touchdowns. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars’ rushing with 40 yards. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 110 yards.

Today’s attendance was 69,615. The Houston Texans will be in Jacksonville Sunday, 9/24, to face the Jags. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Be sure to follow and for more.

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