Tom Brady was ready in case the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in Los Angeles on Sunday to play in Super Bowl 56.
Instead, he is not only retired from the game he loves, but the retired quarterback’s iPhone calendar alert was a frustrating reminder that the Bucs came up short in his final NFL season:
Brady led Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl LV title last season in his first year with the franchise, and just like the Rams this year, the Bucs played in their own stadium as well.
The Bucs were once again a championship contender throughout the 2021 campaign. They posted a 13-4 record during the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round, they got upset at home by the eventual NFC champion Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round. They mounted a furious comeback, but the defense fell short in the waning seconds of the game.
The Rams will face off with the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Brady announced his retirement on Feb. 1st in a statement posted on Instagram, saying the NFL required a “100 percent competitive commitment.”
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore,” he wrote. “I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
Brady left the game after throwing for a 5,316 passing yards and 43 passing touchdowns while playing in all 17 games. Not bad for a 44-year-old.