Tom Brady won seven Super Bowls in New England and Tampa. He has now announced his retirement.
Brady — the most successful quarterback in NFL history, and one of the greatest athletes in team sports — posted the announcement on social media Wednesday morning, a brief video lasting just under one minute.
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“Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away,”Brady speaks as the message starts. “I’m retiring. For good.”
After 2021, he temporarily retired. However, he returned for one year as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player. At 45 years old, he is the holder of many passing records over a 23-year period.
One year ago, he posted a lengthy Instagram post to announce his retirement. Six weeks later, he returned for one last run. The Buccaneers — with whom he won a Super Bowl two seasons ago — made the playoffs again this season, losing in their playoff opener. The question remained as to whether Brady would be playing again at that time.
A few weeks later, he had the right answer.
“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,”Brady speaks in the video. “I won’t be long-winded. Only one essay can be written about retirement, which I did last year.
“I 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 allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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“Love you all.”
We are truly thankful for this day. Many thanks.🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
Brady is the NFL’s career leader in yards passing (89,214) and touchdowns (649). He’s the only player who has won five Super Bowls, and he was named MVP of the sport five times.
Brady retired one day after attending the premier of “80 for Brady” — which comes out Friday — in Los Angeles. It tells the tale of four childhood friends (played by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as well as Rita Moreno, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field) who attended a Super Bowl in order to see Brady.
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He was asked Tuesday night whether he felt a connection working with women — the four stars range in age from 76 to 91 — who don’t want to retire.
“They’re working hard and they love it. So good for them,”Brady said so to The Associated Press. “You know, it’s just that’s what life is about. You got to, you know, wake up every day with a purpose. And when you find something you love to do, you know, it’s hard to stop. You really enjoy it. And there’s a lot of aspects that you do enjoy. So they still bring it at this age. It’s really unbelievable to watch them on set and how much energy they have. And I certainly was inspired by them and learned a lot of lessons on this whole experience.”
Famously underrated coming into the NFL — he was picked 199th in the 2000 draft by the Patriots, behind six other quarterbacks, three kickers and a punter — Brady certainly wasn’t expected to become synonymous with greatness. As a rookie, Brady played one game and completed one of the three passes that gained him six yards.
It all changed the next year.
Brady took over as the Patriots’ starter, the team beat the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl that capped the 2001 season and he and New England coach Bill Belichick were well on their way to becoming the most successful coach-QB duo in football history.
After the 2003 and 2004, more Super Bowl victories were recorded. The Patriots returned to football’s mountaintop for a fourth time in Brady’s era a decade later to cap the 2014 season, the start of three more titles in a span of five years.
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In 2020, he signed with the Buccaneers to win his seventh Super Bowl. His last three seasons were spent with Tampa Bay and he helped them reach the playoffs each season.
“I think I’ve been on the record dozens of times saying there’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady, and I still feel that way,” Belichick said in 2021 — shortly before Tampa Bay, with Brady, came to New England and beat the Patriots in a game dubbed “The Return.” “I was very lucky to have Tom as the quarterback, to coach him, and he was as good as any coach could ever ask for.”
Brady was awarded three NFL MVP Awards, was a first-team All-Pro three years and has been selected for the Pro Bowl fifteen times.
Brady and model Gisele Bündchen finalized their divorce this past fall, during the Bucs’ season. The end of a 13 year marriage between two football stars and models Gisele Bundchen was the result.
Last year, it was revealed that Brady would retire from the game and join Fox Sports in an agreement worth $375 million for a 10-year term.
This article was written by The Associated Press
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