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Look: Here's The Text Message Bruce Arians Sent His Players

Bruce Arians enjoys the Super Bowl parade.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl boat parade on February 10, 2021 after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Former Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians gave his players some advance notice before the team announced his retirement decision on Wednesday night.

Just over a year since he claimed a Super Bowl victory with the organization, Arians sent out a letter to his players via mass text. Based on the contents of this text, it appears the 69-year-old coach sent the message out just moments before the news broke.

NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo shared the letter soon after the retirement decision was made official.

“I wanted to let you all know, before it becomes news in a few minutes, that I have made the decision to transition from coaching into a role in the front office helping Jason (Licht) and his staff,” Arians told his team. “Todd is going to be named the new coach and I know he is going to do a great job continuing to build upon the success we have experienced together these past few seasons.”

Arians served as the head coach in Tampa for the last three seasons. He thanked his players for helping him accomplish his Super Bowl goal.

“I wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to this team. It has been a hell of a ride coaching you guys these past three seasons,” he added. “Winning the Super Bowl a couple seasons back was the last real thing I hoped to accomplish as a head coach. That was a special season, and any of you that were here for that know just how much sacrifice and self discipline it took to accomplish that goal. We couldn’t have had this great success without each of you sacrificing and buying in to what we were trying to do here.”

With the return of Tom Brady earlier this offseason, several free agents stuck with the organization heading into the 2022 campaign.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is set to take over as an immediate head coaching replacement.

“With Tom coming back, the guys we’ve been able to retain, and the new free agents we’ve added, I know this team is built for continued success," he continued. "That’s why I know now is the time. I want Todd and the rest of your coaches to have every chance to succeed—and I know they will.”

While his head coaching days are over, Arians will stick around as a senior football consultant.

“Now, before you start thinking this is goodbye, it isn’t," he added. "I’ll still be around the offices and available to cuss you out when you screw things up on the practice field. I look forward to connecting with many of you in person when the offseason program starts to heat up.”