Tom Brady‘s hanging up his cleats. The seven-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Super Bowl MVP is retiring after 22 magnificent seasons in the NFL.
According to multiple reports, the 44-year-old quarterback will soon formally announce his retirement from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he led to a Super Bowl LV victory last year against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady, drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round with the 199th overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, was a 15-time Pro Bowl selection, six-time All-Pro, and he leaves the NFL as its all-time passing TD leader (624) and all-time passing yards leader (85,520). For good measure, he also has the most career wins with 243.
Tom Brady is unmatched 🐐
— ESPN (@espn) January 29, 2022
Brady based his decision to retire on several factors that included his family and health, this according to ESPN, which was first to break the news. The outlet reported that Brady also recognized the Bucs are likely to undergo a significant roster turnover. The Los Angeles Rams ousted Brady and the Bucs last weekend in a thrilling NFC divisional playoff game.
Brady, who got little attention from NFL scouts after graduating from Michigan, is heralded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Among his most impressive accolades includes commandeering the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, when he led the Patriots to a Super Bowl win in 2017 after trailing 28-7 with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
Leading up to the NFL playoffs this year, Brady had been vocal about not wanting a “farewell” tour, and speculation about his impending retirement grew louder, especially after the Bucs were eliminated from the playoffs. ESPN reports that, at this time, it’s unclear when Brady will formally announce his retirement, but that any plans to do so will consider not upstaging the NFC and AFC championship games slated for Sunday or Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Statement from Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee: pic.twitter.com/vbUhSToYtT
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2022
Brady’s agent, Don Yee, released a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying “without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy.”
“He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon,” the statement continued.
For what it’s worth, the NFL already changed its Twitter’s banner featuring Brady and it also tweeted a video tribute.
— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2022
However, the football pro’s dad, Tom Brady Sr., is putting an end to the rumours.
He told San Francisco news outlet KRON4 that his son is “not retiring” and that “an online publication started circulating an unsubstantiated rumour. However a number of NFL insiders are now reporting it.”
NFL Network’s Mike Giardi also spoke with Brady Sr.
“Checked in with Tom Brady Sr. who tells me, and I quote, ‘This story Mike is total conjecture. Tommy has not made a final decision one way or the other and anybody else that says that he has is absolutely wrong,'” Giardi reported on Twitter.
Checked in with Tom Brady Sr. who tells me, and I quote, "This story Mike is total conjecture. Tommy has not made a final decision one way or the other and anybody else that says that he has is absolutely wrong." #TomBrady #Buccaneers
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 29, 2022
Whatever the case, Brady’s next stop in the NFL is all but official — Canton, Ohio.
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