With Hundreds of Millions on the Line, Copying Michael Jordan From 20 Years Ago Could Save Tom Brady From Failing Final Football Dream

Published 05/30/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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Remember what happened in the NBA around 20 years ago? NBA legend Michael Jordan announced his second comeback as a player. After winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan became the minority owner of the Washington Wizards in 2000. But, just within a year, he decided to lace up to become a player for the Wizards at the age of 38. But for him to play on the court once again, he had to sell his 10 percent stake as a minority owner of the team, before finally retiring in 2003. And just like Jordan in the NBA, we have Tom Brady in the NFL.

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At the age of 45, the NFL GOAT announced his second retirement from the league earlier this year, but this time stating that he is “retiring for good.” And since his retirement, the 7X Super Bowl Champion has been making investments in various sports franchises. One of those investments recently came in the NFL as well. But does this hampers Brady’s chances of becoming a player again?

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After already investing in the WNBA team the Las Vegas Aces, Tom Brady joined hands with Mark Davis once again to become a minority stakeholder of the Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL as well. This may be the start of Brady’s journey as a franchise owner in the league after having a glorious career as a player. But just days after announcing his retirement in February, the 45-year-old said that “There’s always going to be a part that wants to play and a part of me that, you know, feels like I can play.” While Brady still remains retired to date, could this be a hint of a possible comeback in the future?

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But, according to ProFootballTalk, his comeback as a player in the NFL could be difficult after his recent ownership venture of the Raiders. At the present moment, the league’s rules prohibit owners from becoming players on the field. Not only this, but league owners will also have to approve of letting Brady take the field as a QB once again, after approving his ownership status. But with the way the rules are in the league, Brady might have to take the Michael Jordan route with the Wizards and sell his ownership stake, in order to make another comeback as a player in the NFL.

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But while this is a topic of discussion for the future, the approval of his ownership is still pending by all 32 owners.

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Brady’s ownership status still pending approval

Earlier this month, ESPN reported that Tom Brady is having discussions with Mark Davis to become a minority owner of the Raiders. Then just after a few days, both Davis and Brady came to an agreement, approving the 7X Super Bowl Champion’s bid for the Raiders. While they might have agreed on the negotiations, the decision is still pending approval from the other owners in the NFL.  And with the situation of the Raiders with their recovering QB Jimmy Garoppolo, many believe that Brady might step up in his place. This makes it hard for the other owners to take a decision regarding Brady’s ownership run with the Raiders.

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Do you think Brady will make a comeback as a player once again? Let us know in the comments below. 

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