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Tom Brady squashes rumors he plans to come out of retirement... again

FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Nov. 27, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, file)
FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Nov. 27, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, file)
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Football great Tom Brady appears to be squashing rumors that he plans to come out of retirement for the second time and start another season with the National Football League.

Brady, who is widely considered the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, hinted that he won't be making another return -- and he cited his daughter and her kitten as the reasons.

Anyone who thinks I have time to come back to the NFL has never adopted a 2 month old kitten for their daughter," Brady posted on Twitter Tuesday.

The tweet was a response to an article that noted Brady might not be “done after all," as well as report on the Rich Eisen Show.

"I heard from some people, 'Keep an eye on Brady,'" Eisen said during a recent segment.

Just keep an eye on him," Eisen added. "His options are open. He is a free-agent in eight days, by the way. Just something to look out for. And by the way, it would be incredible if this guy comes back and plays one more year."

On February 1, just 11 days before Super Bowl LVII, Brady announced he would be retiring from the game "for good."

Good morning guys, I’ll get to point right away, I’m retiring,” Brady said in a social media post. “For good.”

The quarterback previously announced his retirement during the 2022 off-season but returned to football in the fall.

At that time, he was playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won one Super Bowl championship with the team.

But he played for the New England Patriots for two decades, helping the team earn six Super Bowl championships.

I really thank you guys so much. To every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever -- there are too many,” Brady said in his video announcement. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”

Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he is open to signing Brady to a one-day contract so Brady would retire as a Patriot.

We will do everything in our power to bring him back and have him sign off as a Patriot," according to a tweet from the team.

Brady has been busy since his retirement. Aside from spending time with his children and their cat, he made headlines for modeling a pair of underwear on social media.

Brady, 45, posted a photo of himself on February 6 wearing a pair of boxer briefs while sitting on the edge of a bed.

Did I do it right?" Brady asked, tagging his former Patriots teammates Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

Edleman replied in his own post.

"Gotta start somewhere bubs," Edleman wrote. "Practice makes perfect."

Edleman also added a hashtag: #TommyThirstTrap.

Looks like ol' Tommy boy is getting in the ol' thirst trap game," Edleman said in a video that accompanied the post.

He went on to jokingly criticize the lighting in the photo, as well as Brady's pose.

"What are we covering, bubs?" Edleman said. "I mean, let it hang, bubs."

But he gave the photo a score of 8 out of 10.

In a follow-up tweet, Brady shared a link to a website where shoppers can purchase the underwear online. He wrote, "You knew the plug was coming."

Meanwhile, the movie "80 for Brady" premiered on January 31, just one day before his announcement. Brady starred in and produced the film. It also features Gronkowski, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin, and Rita Moreno.

Brady is set to take on a role as an analyst for Fox Sports. The network previously announced a long-term agreement.

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