According to reports Tom Brady is retiring after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl victories with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sources informed ESPN on Saturday that Tom Brady is retiring from football after 22 seasons in which he won a record seven Super Bowl victories.
According to sources, Brady, generally regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, understood it was likely his last act as a football player when he exited the field following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ defeat to the Los Angeles Rams last weekend. He has spent time processing that perspective in the days following, according to insiders, and is planning his retirement announcement as well as the next stage of his life and career.
Brady’s decision to retire, according to sources, was influenced by a number of things, including his family and health. According to sources, Brady is aware, though to a lesser extent, that the Buccaneers are going to see considerable personnel change.
Brady, 44, has been insistent for weeks that he does not want a “farewell season,” and many people who know him think he prefers a decision made without a lot of fuss. According to insiders, he will turn his emphasis to other pursuits and feels now is the ideal time to stop his playing career.
Brady has yet to announce his retirement intentions, but he will do it with care so as not to overshadow the NFL’s playoff games, including the Super Bowl. Brady’s organisation, TB12 Sports, put out a tweet that looked to announce his decision, but it was quickly removed.
Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said he would leave any comments on the quarterback’s future to Brady himself.
In a statement, Yee stated, “I understand the early speculation regarding Tom’s future.” Without going into the veracity or inaccuracy of the information being published, Tom will be the only one who can accurately convey his goals. He understands more than anybody about the reality of the football industry and the planning calendar, so that should happen soon. “
Buccaneers officials and coaches have been preparing for Brady’s retirement in recent weeks, understanding that he would most certainly retire after the season, according to club sources. According to one insider, “all signals point” to Brady’s retirement as recently as this week.
The Buccaneers planned to make a strong case for Brady to return for another season, but they understand that such an effort is unlikely to succeed, and they are resigned to the problems that lie ahead.
Brady has not informed Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians or the team of his retirement intentions, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine. In a text message to ESPN, Tom Brady Sr. said, “Tommy has made no such judgement” about his playing future.
Despite this, Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin was among many who reacted to the news on Twitter by congratulating Brady. Mike Evans, another wide receiver, congratulated Brady on social media as well, but then removed the comment.
When he makes his retirement official, Brady will complete a legendary career that lasted three decades and took him from Foxborough to Tampa to Canton.
He earned seven Lombardi trophies, the most in NFL history for a single player, as well as five Super Bowl MVP awards. During his 22-year career, he set a number of records, including the most touchdown passes (624) and passing yards (84,250).
Brady’s performance in the last year of his career, when he led the NFL in touchdowns and passing yards during the regular season, hinted that he might have continued to play at a championship level. But, according to reports, he acknowledged the sacrifice it would entail for him and his family and decided it was time to move on to other challenges.
Brady used the term “satisfied” to describe how he felt about his NFL career earlier this week on his “Let’s Go” podcast with presenter Jim Gray, which drew the attention of those who knew him as a guy who is seldom content with his accomplishments. Brady said that his family’s wishes would play a significant role in his impending choice.
“It’s what partnerships are all about,” Brady stated on the show a few years ago. It isn’t always what I want. It’s what we, as a family, want. And I’m going to spend a lot of time with them in the future, figuring out what’s going to happen. “
Brady and his family are now constructing a house in South Florida, just north of Miami.
During the podcast, Brady remarked, “I’ll know when I know.” I believe we can all relax a little bit, you know. It’s been six months of nonstop football. Every day is occupied with football, day in and day out. And now I believe it’s simply time for me to spend some time with my family and my children. “
This postseason, Brady will become the second future Hall of Fame quarterback to retire. Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced his retirement on Thursday.