For the second straight offseason Tom Brady has announced his retirement. This time he says his exit from the NFL is “for good.”
Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion, is walking away from pro football after 23 seasons including the final three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 45-year-old superstar made the announcement on social media Wednesday morning.
“Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away,” the emotional Brady said in a video statement. “I’m retiring. For good.”
“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I would just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long-winded, you only get one super emotional video retirement essay and I used mine up last year.
“I thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my 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.
“Love you all.”
Brady retired after the 2021 season only to change his mind two months later.
“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” Brady said on social media last March.
Brady’s final season was a tumultuous one that saw the Buccaneers struggle through much of the season before sneaking into the playoffs out of the weak NFC South division despite a 8-9 record. He also dealt with the high-profile collapse of his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen after 13 years.
Brady and Bundchen finalized their divorce in October.
If Brady does stick to this retirement, his final NFL game was a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a wild card round playoff game on Jan. 16. Brady threw for 351 yards on 66 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception in the 31-14 loss.
There was much speculation after the season ended that if Brady were to return for a 24th NFL season that he would be doing so with a new team.
Brady, who was famously drafted with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots coming out of Michigan, went on to deliver the greatest career by a quarterback in league history. Along with the seven Super Bowl wins (six with the Patriots, and a final one with the Bucs), Brady’s resume includes three league MVP awards, three first-team All-Pro selections and 15 Pro Bowl selections.
If this is truly it for Brady, he finishes as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (89,214) and touchdowns (649).
But Tom Terrific was all about winning. And he won more than any player in history with 251 regular season wins and 35 more in the postseason.
As for what’s next for the iconic quarterback, Brady has already inked a 10-year, $375 million deal with Fox Sports to be the network’s No. 1 NFL analyst.
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