It took a while. Many thought this time would come much sooner. But we’ve finally come to this moment: The Tom Brady era in the NFL has finally come to an end.
It was announced today that the greatest quarterback of all time would finally be hanging up his cleats, as Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington announced the retirement of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.
It was widely speculated that Brady would retire following this year’s playoff run, but he remained noncommittal following the Bucs’ Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Brady retires as the hands-down, greatest player of all time. The GOAT broke into the league back in 2000 as a sixth round pick. All he’s done since then is win seven Super Bowls, five Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVP awards, and two Offensive Player of the Year awards. He also has three first-team All-Pros, three second-team All Pros and 15 Pro Bowl nods to his name.
The accolades don’t end there, either. Brady led the NFL in passing yards four times, passing touchdowns five times, and his 50 touchdown passes in 2007 are still tied for the second-highest mark in NFL history.
With Brady’s retirement, the Buccaneers will likely be in the market for a new quarterback this season — unless they want to roll with 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask. There have been rumors swirling that the team could make a run at Aaron Rodgers. Things could get interesting very soon.
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