I know, I know. You’re probably thinking we went through this already. Well, this time it’s for real. Tom Brady is officially retiring from the NFL, according to the most reliable source possible: Him.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced his decision to hand up the cleats earlier this morning on Instagram, stating that it is time for him to “focus my time and energy on other things that deserve my attention.” He also went on to thank his family, teammates, coaches, opponents and, of course, the fans.
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Most of us knew it was only a matter of time before this announcement would come, as ESPN had reported over the weekend that the Bucs’ quarterback was fully expected to retire, despite not officially announcing his intentions yet.
It was widely speculated that Brady was holding off on making the announcement not only to avoid stealing the attention from the NFL playoffs, but also to cash in on a $15-million signing bonus from his contract.
That clears EVERYTHING up…https://t.co/7csS6GCwoN— TPS (@TotalProSports) February 1, 2022
After 22 remarkable season, Tom Brady retires as the undisputed GOAT of the NFL. He finishes his career with seven Super Bowl championships, five Super Bowl MVPs, three regular season MVPs, and 15 Pro Bowl appearances. HE has also led the league in passing yards four times, and passing touchdowns five times — and his 50 touchdown passes from 2007 is still tied for the second-highest mark in NFL history.
The NFL will have a difficult time replacing the greatest quarterback to ever do it, but with so many up-and-coming signal-callers — like Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Justin Herbert, to name just a few — there’s no doubt that the league is in good hands going forward.
Farewell, Tom. You’ll be missed.