Bruce Arians surprised the NFL world on Wednesday night when he announced his retirement.
Arians is moving into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ front office as a senior football consultant, and will be replaced by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Naturally, the announcement drew plenty of reaction from the NFL world on social media — both congratulating Arians on his retirement and praising Bowles, who will get his second shot as a head coach in the league after his first stint with the New York Jets.
Quarterback Tom Brady led the way with a lengthy Instagram post dedicated to Arians. His former coach responded in the comments, with a whisky glass following his “Thanks brotha” reply.
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Others around the sports world quickly followed suit with tributes and even a few jokes of their own.
Huge congratulations and respect ✊🏾 on an amazing, uniquely inspiring and well played Hall of Fame career, @BruceArians.
Cheers, unc 🥃🥃!!
— Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber) March 31, 2022
Todd Bowles. #TempleTUFF. Congrats! https://t.co/qrQKCvY8UK
— Temple Football (@Temple_FB) March 31, 2022
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) March 31, 2022
Shout out to Coach Todd Bowles! 🐐 #Prez
— Jamal Adams (@Prez) March 31, 2022
Let’s go Coach Bowles!!! More than deserved, go Bucs!!
— Jack Cichy (@jackCICHY) March 31, 2022
No better person ! My guy 🤠🦾🥷🏾 https://t.co/ytmBlTP6xm
— DEVIN WHITE (@DevinWhite__40) March 31, 2022
Good man and better human✊🏾 Job well done BA🚀 https://t.co/ohOLTb00H5
— Robert Griffith (@GRIFF24SEVEN) March 31, 2022
TB12: Let’s run it back
BA: https://t.co/jg33tWz6tW pic.twitter.com/xJqMiwlEUe
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) March 31, 2022
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