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'Champion' Conor McGregor praises Tom Brady's 'Irish spirit' as NFL star reverses retirement

The quarterback announced in February that he was calling time on his playing career after 22 seasons and 7 Super Bowl wins.

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor

MMA fighter Conor McGregor

MMA fighter Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has hailed Tom Brady’s “Irish spirit” after the NFL legend announced he was coming out of his retirement.

The quarterback announced in February that he was calling time on his playing career after 22 seasons and 7 Super Bowl wins.

On Monday, the 44-year-old declared that he had some “unfinished business” on the field and said that he would be returning for his 23rd season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he secured his most recent Super Bowl title after winning six times with the New England Patriots.

And UFC star McGregor had an overwhelmingly positive response to news of Brady’s return, taking to Twitter and Instagram to praise the American footballer.

The Dubliner wrote: “Champions come back stronger and better! Love the sport and it shows! Tom Brady - thank you for the Irish spirit and the big news!”

McGregor’s post also included a picture Brady on the cover of Irish America magazine from January 2006, which reads: “Tom Brady: Still Modest After All Those Wins.”

It comes after the 33-year-old labelled Jake Paul a “jackass” after the YouTube boxer mocked the father-of-three's boxing technique, describing it as “embarrassing.”

Paul, who has a professional boxing record of 5-0, has long been provoking McGregor in posts designed to get the Irishman into the ring.

Their latest online spat was sparked after McGregor posted a clip of himself hitting some pads, with Paul declaring: “I would KO Conor in boxing or MMA. Right hand of God.

“This is embarrassing. Your chin [is] wide open with no head movement for the Problem Child's right hand of God.”

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At first McGregor resisted the 25-year-old’s attempts to wind him up, but he finally broke his silence hours later with a short video.

Replying to Paul's tweet, McGregor throws a combination of punches before saying, "jackass" and switching off his phone.

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