Tom Brady has retired after setting a record by winning seven Super Bowls with the Patriots and the Buccaneers. Brady, the NFL’s all-time leading passer and one of the sport’s best team players, made the news in a one-minute video broadcast to social media on Wednesday morning.
“Hey, gents. As he begins his speech, Brady says, “I’ll get to the point right away.” I’m hanging it up. I mean it this time; I’m done with you. He planned to retire after the 2021 season but ended up playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one more season. At age 45, he calls it quits after setting multiple milestones in his incredible 23-year career.
In a lengthy Instagram post one year ago, he announced his retirement. About six weeks later, however, he decided to give it another go. His Buccaneers, with whom he won the Super Bowl two years ago, returned to the postseason this year but were eliminated in the first round.
Indeed, at the time, it was reasonable to wonder if Brady would ever play professionally again. And now, just a few short weeks later, he has provided the solution.
Knowing how big of a deal the procedure was the last time around, Brady adds in the video, “I figured when I woke up this morning, I’d just push record and let you guys know first.” Not going to go on and on. I used up my allotment of tear-jerker retirement essays last year.
I appreciate your help so much, and I want to personally thank each and every one of you. Everyone I love and care for, including my friends, teammates, and opponents. Really, I could go on and on. Simply put, there are too many.
Please accept my sincere gratitude for making it possible for me to realize my fondest ambition. No, there isn’t a single thing I’d change. I adore you.
Brady has thrown for a total of 89,214 yards and 89 touchdowns in his NFL career (649). Only he has won more than five Super Bowls and been named the game’s most valuable player more than once (five times).
One day after seeing the premiere of “80 for Brady” (which is released this Friday) in Los Angeles, Brady announced his retirement. Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field star as four best friends who go to the Super Bowl to see Tom Brady play.
They’re putting in a lot of hours, and they enjoy what they’re doing. “I think it’s great for them,” Brady said to the AP. To put it simply, that’s what life is all about. The key is to always have something to look forward to when you open your eyes. And once you’ve found something you truly enjoy doing, you may find it difficult to give it up.
The experience has provided you with a great deal of pleasure. And there are many facets that you find appealing. So even at this advanced age, they haven’t lost their edge. Seeing how much enthusiasm they project on set is quite inspiring. And this whole experience has taught me a lot and given me a lot of motivation.
Although he has since been synonymous with brilliance in the NFL, Tom Brady was notoriously undervalued when he first entered the league. The Patriots selected him 199th overall in the 2000 draft, after six other quarterbacks, three kickers, and a punter. One of his three passes for six yards was a success in his lone outing as a rookie.
A year later, everything had altered. After taking over as the starter for the Patriots, Brady led them to a Super Bowl victory over the St. Louis Rams to end the 2001 season, and he and New England coach Bill Belichick were well on their way to become the most successful coach and quarterback tandem in NFL history.
Following the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the team won a total of two Super Bowls. Ten years later, at the end of the 2014 season, the Patriots won the Super Bowl for the fourth time in Brady’s era, setting the stage for three more championships in the subsequent five years.
As a member of the Buccaneers, he won his seventh Super Bowl in 2020. With Tampa Bay, he stayed for the past three years, leading the team to the postseason in each of those years.
Belichick remarked in 2021, just before Tampa Bay and Brady came to New England and upset the Patriots in a game nicknamed “The Return,” “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.”
“Tom was as good a quarterback as any coach could hope to have,” says his former coach. Brady has been selected to the Pro Bowl 15 times and has been named to the first team All-Pro three times.
During the Buccaneers’ season last fall, Brady and model Gisele Bündchen finalized their divorce. This was the end of a marriage that had been together for 13 years and which had been shared by a football and fashion icon.
It was reported last year that after Brady’s playing career ends, he will sign a $375 million, 10-year contract to work as a broadcast commentator for Fox Sports.