Tom Brady announced Wednesday morning that he will «retire for good» after 23 NFL seasons between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady made the announcement in a video posted to his social media channels. She got emotional in the clip when she said that she was going to walk away.
«Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away,» he said in the video. «I’m going to retire forever. I know the process was a big deal last time. So when I woke up this morning I thought I’d hit record and let you guys know first so I won’t be. You just get a super emotional retirement essay and I used my own last year.
«I truly appreciate each and every one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors… I can go on forever. There are so many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream.
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«I would not change anything».
The announcement drew reactions from any and all who have watched Brady thrive at the top of the NFL for decades.
Brady’s resume stands out far and wide among any other player. He goes beyond the seven rings he won between the Patriots and Buccaneers.
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He was selected in the sixth round of the draft out of Michigan. The New England Patriots selected him with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He took over the starting role after Drew Bledsoe suffered an injury in 2001. The rest is, essentially, history.
Brady would win three Super Bowls in the first four years he was named the starting quarterback. He wouldn’t win again until the 2014 season, but he launched a second Patriots dynasty that saw him win rings during the 2018 season.
He hit free agency after the 2019 season and joined the Buccaneers for the 2020 season. He became the second starting quarterback to lead two teams to Super Bowl championships. In 2021, he would rack up MVP-type numbers with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes. It was the most passing yards he has thrown and the second most single-season touchdown passes of his career.
He will «retire» as the all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 649, passing yards with 89,214, completions with 7,753 and attempts with 12,050.
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He was a 15-time Pro Bowler, a three-time NFL MVP, a three-time All-Pro, a five-time Super Bowl MVP, and a two-time Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was named to the Hall of Fame All-Decades team for the 2000s and 2010s.