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Seven-time NFL Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement from the game… “for good”.

Exactly a year to the day after the 45-year-old first said he was bowing out of the game, before a stunning backflip 40 days later that extended his career for one more season, Brady has announced to the world that this time it’s for real.

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“Good morning, I’ll get to the point right away: I’m retiring for good,” Brady said in a video posted to social media.

“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. So I won’t be long-winded.

“I think 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.

“My family, my friends, teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, there’s too many. Thank you, guys, for letting me live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all,”

Widely seen as the greatest American footballer of all time, Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots before making the move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the twilight of his career, where he won another title in 2020, solidifying his legacy in stone.

Across a career stretching 23 years, two teams, seven Super Bowl wins and five MVP awards, Brady has earned a reputation as one of the all-time greats across all sports, not just American football.

Brady’s last game at the top level was a loss in the wildcard round of the playoffs last month.

He is now expected to move straight into a broadcasting career, having already oenned a 10-year, $375 million deal with Fox to call the game once his career was finished.

Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has led the chorus of applause to celebrate the career of Brady after the veteran superstar announced his retirement.

Mahomes, who will compete for his second Super Bowl in just under two weeks, posted three goat emojis to Twitter, in reference to the acronym GOAT – greatest of all time.

Brady’s Tampa Bay teammate Ryan Jensen, who won Super Bowl LV alongside him, penned a heartfelt message after he helped him through injury last season.

“Thanks for pushing me every day this season, mentally and physically, to get back on the field,” he wrote.

“I’m glad I was able to take the field with you one last time! Enjoy retirement, don’t dog me too much in the booth. Love ya man!”

“Greatest of All Time. No question, no debate,” said three-time NFL defensive player of the year JJ Watt, who announced his retirement earlier this year. “It’s been an honor and a privilege.”

Praise for Brady was not limited to American football, with martial arts veteran Conor McGregor praising the player’s Irish roots, while former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter offered his congratulations on “an unbelievable career”, adding: “It was fun to watch!”

England soccer captain Harry Kane chipped in on Twitter: “Congrats on an amazing career @TomBrady. See you on the golf course soon.”

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Brady spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots, taking the team to six Super Bowl successes between 2000 and 2019.

He moved to the Buccaneers for the 2020 season, and inspired them to a surprise championship in his first campaign in Florida.

The Glazer family, owners of the Buccaneers, said: “Tom’s impact on our franchise these past three years has been immense and we are appreciative of the time we had with him here in Tampa Bay.

“He set an exceptional standard that elevated our entire organisation to new heights and created some of the most iconic moments in our history. Tom’s impact will be felt within our community for many years to come and we will be forever grateful for those unforgettable memories that he provided.”

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