A look at Tom Brady’s 34-month tenure as a Buccaneer.
March 20, 2020: Brady signs a two-year, $50 million deal with the Bucs.
April 2020: Brady, attempting to get in a workout during the early stage of the pandemic, is ordered to leave a closed city park by a Tampa Parks and Recreation staffer.
April 7, 2020: Brady mistakenly barges into the Tampa home of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s neighbor, believing the house to be Leftwich’s.
May 19, 2020: Bedecked in shoulder pads and an orange practice jersey, Brady is spotted working out with roughly eight teammates in a throwing session he arranged at Berkeley Preparatory School.
Sept. 13, 2020: In his Bucs debut, Brady throws two touchdown passes and two interceptions (including a pick-six) in a 34-23 loss at New Orleans.
Sept. 20, 2020: Brady posts his first win as a Buc, passing for 217 yards, a TD and a pick in a 31-17 win over Carolina.
Oct. 8, 2020: The Bucs fall 20-19 to the Bears in Chicago after Brady tosses an incompletion with 33 seconds remaining on fourth and 6, believing it was only third down.
Nov. 11, 2020: In a sobering introduction to Florida’s storm season, Brady watches the winds from Tropical Storm Eta dislodge part of the dock behind the house he was renting from baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
December 2020: During the Bucs’ bye week, Brady meets extensively with Leftwich, where more play-action and pre-snap motion is discussed. The Bucs, 7-5 at the time, won’t lose another game in the 2020 season.
Jan. 24, 2021: On a 29-degree day in Green Bay, Brady offsets three interceptions with touchdown passes to three different receivers in a 31-26 win over the Packers in the NFC title game.
Feb. 7, 2021: Brady completes 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-9 romp over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium.
Feb. 10, 2021: During the Bucs’ celebratory boat parade, Brady, presumably brimming with exuberance and avocado tequila, tosses the Lombardi Trophy from the stern of his sleek new vessel to tight end Cameron Brate, seated in another boat several feet away.
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March 12, 2021: In an effort to provide roughly $19 million of salary-cap relief to the Bucs, Brady signs a one-year extension with the team, running through 2022.
Sept. 9, 2021: In the prime-time season opener against the Cowboys, Brady’s two-minute drive sets up Ryan Succop’s 36-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in a 31-29 victory.
Oct. 3, 2021: In his de facto homecoming hyped as the biggest regular-season game in NFL history, Brady directs a field-goal drive in the waning minutes to lift the Bucs to a 19-17 win over the Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He also eclipses Drew Brees’ NFL career record for regular season passing yardage (80,358).
Oct. 24, 2021: Brady throws his 600th career touchdown pass, to Mike Evans. Not realizing the TD’s historical significance, Evans gives the ball to a fan in the north end zone’s front row.
Dec. 12, 2021: Breshad Perriman turns Brady’s check-down throw into a 58-yard touchdown in overtime, lifting the Bucs to a 33-27 home triumph over the Bills.
Jan. 23, 2022: Brady rallies the Bucs from a 24-point deficit before the Rams boot a field goal on the final play of Los Angeles’ 30-27 triumph in a division-round playoff game.
Feb. 1, 2022: Brady announces his retirement in a lengthy Instagram message.
March 13, 2022: In a 53-word social media post, Brady announces a change of heart, saying he will play a 23rd NFL season — in Tampa — to take care of “unfinished business.”
Aug. 5. 2022: Brady is excused from training camp for what the Bucs call “personal reasons.” His absence lasts for 11 days and two preseason contests.
Oct. 27, 2022: Brady, seemingly disconsolate, sits at his locker in full uniform as most of his teammates clear out following a 27-22 Thursday night loss to the Ravens. The defeat is Tampa Bay’s third in a row, and Brady’s first three-game skid since 2002.
Oct. 28, 2022: In separate social media posts, Brady and Gisele Bundchen announce they’ve ended their marriage after 13 years. Bundchen, mother of Brady’s two youngest children, had filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on Oct. 28 in Glades County, and the case was closed the same day, court records show.
Nov. 6, 2022: Brady’s fourth-quarter screen pass to Leonard Fournette against the Rams puts him past 100,000 career NFL passing yards (regular season and playoffs), making him the first pro athlete in a major sport (football, basketball, baseball, hockey) to hit a six-figure statistic.
Dec. 25, 2022: Brady engineers the 46th — and final — fourth-quarter comeback of his career, rallying the Bucs from a 10-point fourth-period deficit for a 19-16 overtime triumph against the Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. Brady finishes 6-for-6 for 69 yards in the extra session. The 46 fourth-quarter rallies is an NFL record.
Jan. 16, 2023: His team again in an early hole, Brady attempts a career-high 66 passes (completing 35) in a 31-14 loss to the Cowboys in an NFC wild-card game. Brady is sacked twice and intercepted once as the Cowboys keep Tampa Bay out of the end zone until the third quarter’s final play. It turns out to be Brady’s final NFL game.
Jan. 31, 2023: Brady attends the premiere of “80 for Brady,” a film from his production company in which he starred, in Los Angeles.
Feb. 1, 2023: Brady announces his retirement, this time “for good,” in a poignant, 53-second social media post.
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