Tom Brady – the greatest quarterback to ever play the game – has announced he is retiring from the NFL ‘for good’ in an emotional 52-second video posted on social media.
‘Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring, for good,’ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback said in the video.
‘I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first
‘It won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year, so… really, thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me.
Quarterback Tom Brady has announced he is retiring ‘for good’ from the NFL for a second time
Brady was emotional in his video to the fans but joked that ‘You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year’
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady)
‘My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. I could go over forever, there’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.’
Brady reportedly ‘informed the Bucs today at 6:00am he’d be retiring,’ according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
Further reporting from Fox Sports writer Peter Schrager says the video Brady posted was filmed prior to this morning and that he ‘kept this one awfully quiet.’
It’s believed that Brady will now transition to the broadcast booth with FOX Sports, with a reported ten-year, $375million contract waiting for him.
This announcement also comes one year to the day that Brady first announced his retirement, a decision he would reverse just weeks later.
Earlier this year, Brady finalized a highly-publicized divorce from supermodel Gisele Bundchen
Brady was recently seen spending time with 10-year-old daughter Vivian in Miami
Just last night, Brady was seen at a premiere of the movie ’80 for Brady’ in Los Angeles.
To say this has been an emotional and tumultuous season for Brady would be an understatement. On the field, Brady suffered the first losing season of his 23-year-long NFL career as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad fell to an 8-9 record.
Off the field, he finalized a highly-publicized divorce from his now-ex-wife and supermodel Giselle Bundchen.
Bundchen and Brady were married for 13 years before their divorce was finalized in October of 2022.
Rumors speculated that Bundchen was concerned about the sport’s impact on Brady’s health – reportedly delivering him an ultimatum to retire, otherwise their marriage would end.
Just last night, Brady was seen in Los Angeles at the premiere of the movie ’80 for Brady’
Brady ran off the field for one final time just weeks ago – following a loss to the Dallas Cowboys
To summarize the career of Tom Brady would require the writing endurance of a Tolstoy novel, but the San Mateo, California native is deserving of the effort.
Just some of Brady’s records include the most passing touchdowns, passing completions, passing yards, and wins for a quarterback.
He’s been named MVP of the league three times and the MVP of the Super Bowl five times – the most of any player.
Brady’s also the greatest playoff quarterback in the sport – with the record for most games started, games won, passing touchdowns, passing yards (in both a playoffs and in a single game).
Of course, the most notable among his accolades would be seven Super Bowl titles – six of which came in New England. Those seven titles are the most of any player in league history.
Brady – along with head coach Bill Belichick – helped lead the NFL’s greatest ever dynasty
Brady won six titles with New England, with the last coming against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII
It was in the little town of Foxborough, Massachusetts that Brady – along with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick – helped to helm the greatest dynasty in the history of the National Football League, if not all of professional sports.
Across 20 seasons in New England, Brady took the Patriots to the AFC Championship game thirteen times and the Super Bowl nine times.
Brady entered the league after four years with the University of Michigan where he helped the Wolverines win the 1998 national championship.
He was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL draft with the 199th overall pick – earning the reputation as the greatest steal in the history of the draft.
In college, Brady helped win the Michigan Wolverines the 1998 national championship
Brady began his career with the Patriots on the bench, seeing little action in his first season in the league behind starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
In the 2001 season, Brady stepped into the starting role after Bledsoe went down with a serious injury against the New York Jets.
Brady rode his hot hand all the way to Super Bowl XXXVI, leading the underdog Patriots to a win over the St. Louis Rams to capture the first title in franchise history and the first title for Boston sports since 1986.
The first of many titles came for Brady and Belichick with a win in Super Bowl XXXVI
Brady and the Patriots regressed in 2002, before coming back and winning Super Bowl XXXVIII over the Carolina Panthers.
The Patriots returned to the Super Bowl the following year and won Super Bowl XXXIX over the Philadelphia Eagles. To date, they’re the most recent NFL team to win consecutive titles.
Brady then suffered his first ever Super Bowl heartbreak just three seasons later when an undefeated Patriots team fell to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. They’d fall to them again five years later in Super Bowl XLVI.
The following two seasons proved to be tough for the Patriots – with the team reaching two AFC Championship games, but losing both.
Brady won back-to-back Super Bowl titles with New England – the most recent team to do so
Brady suffered Super Bowl defeat for the first time at the hands of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII back in 2008. He would lose to New York again in Super Bowl XLVI.
It wasn’t until later in his career with New England that Brady would return to the top of the sport – when the Patriots played two of the greatest Super Bowls in history.
In Super Bowl XLIX, Brady had an amazing game – putting up four touchdowns as a late Malcom Butler interception stole a win from the Seattle Seahawks.
Then, just two seasons later – after Brady served a four game suspension for allegedly tampering with the air pressure in footballs in the AFC Championship game – came arguably his greatest achievement.
Brady was back on top once again with a win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX
After falling behind in Super Bowl LI to the Atlanta Falcons by a 28-3 scoreline, Brady bolstered the Patriots – passing for multiple touchdowns and bringing the team to overtime.
There, he completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history – winning 34-28 and earning his fifth title.
The Patriots went back to the Super Bowl the following season and despite Brady putting up the most passing yards in the game’s history, they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brady’s last title with New England came in the lackluster Super Bowl LIII, where the Patriots defeated the Rams – making the Patriots tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the teams with the most Super Bowl titles.
Arguably Brady’s greatest achievement was the comeback he led to win Super Bowl LI
He won his final title with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII over the LA Rams
After falling in the playoffs in the 2019 season, Brady announced he would leave the Patriots in free agency – pursuing a new challenge with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his first season with Tampa Bay, Brady took the Buccaneers to Super Bowl LV – winning over the Kansas City Chiefs to further extend his record of the most Super Bowls won by a single player.
Brady announced his retirement for the first time after the end of the 2021 season, when his team fell in the NFC Divisional round. Just weeks later, he reversed his decision – returning to Tampa Bay.
It was a possibly ill-advised decision as Brady put up one of the worst statistical seasons of his career.
Brady’s final game came in the form of a blowout loss in the NFC Wild Card playoffs against the Dallas Cowboys, where he walked out of Raymond James Stadium as a player for the last time.
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