After a “thrilling journey” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has announced his retirement.
Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has announced his retirement from the NFL, writing on Instagram on Tuesday that he is “not going to make that competitive commitment anymore.”
“I’ve always thought that football is an “all-in” proposition — if you don’t put 100 percent of yourself into it, you won’t succeed, and winning is what I love about our game,” Brady said in an Instagram message. Every day presents a physical, mental, and emotional challenge that has helped me to reach my full potential. And for the last 22 years, I’ve given it my all. On the field or in life, there are no shortcuts to success.
I’m finding it tough to write this, but here goes: I’m not going to make that competitive commitment any more. I’ve enjoyed my NFL career, and now it’s time to devote my time and energy to more pressing matters. I’ve spent the last week contemplating and asking myself uncomfortable questions. And I’m quite pleased with what we’ve accomplished. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans all deserve my full attention, but for the time being, it’s better for me to step away from the field of play and leave it to the next generation of determined and committed athletes.
Brady, 44, is generally regarded as the best quarterback in NFL history, having won seven Lombardi trophies, the most by a single player, as well as five Super Bowl MVP awards.
With his personal and team exploits, he rewrote most of the NFL record book. In his 22 seasons with the New England Patriots, he set several records, including the most touchdown passes (624) and passing yards (84,250).
In a statement, Brady stated, “My playing career has been such a tremendous experience, way beyond my dreams and full of ups and downs.” When you’re in it every day, you don’t really think about the finish. However, as I sit here today, I reflect on all of the incredible players and coaches I had the honour of playing with and against—the competition was strong and deep, which is exactly how we wanted it. Friendships and relationships, on the other hand, are equally as intense and profound. I’ll remember and treasure these recollections, and I’ll return to them frequently. I consider myself to be the luckiest person on the planet. “
According to ESPN sources, Brady, who guided the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory last season and the NFC South crown this season, has been insistent for weeks that he does not want a “farewell season.“
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.
“I love you guys, and I’ve enjoyed going to fight with you for the last two years,” Brady said in his message. You’ve gone to such lengths to push yourself, and it’s encouraged me to give you my all every day. I’m always here for you and want to see you keep pushing yourself to be the best you can be. I’m delighted with what we’ve done together. “
In his statement, Brady thanked everyone at the Bucs, his business partners, his agents, and his family. In his statement, he did not expressly address his tenure with the Patriots or anybody inside the company, but he subsequently thanked the club and its supporters in response to a statement given by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
“Words cannot completely reflect the appreciation my family, the New England Patriots, and our fans have for Tom Brady for all he has done over his career,” Kraft said in a statement. A generation of football fans has grown up only knowing an NFL controlled by Tom Brady.
You didn’t have to be a Patriots fan to admire and respect his competitiveness, tenacity, and desire to win, all of which contributed to his success. It was a joy to see as a football fan. It was a dream come true for a Patriots fan. “
Tom Brady is a quarterback for the New England Patriots. Notable Achievements
• The most touchdown passes in NFL history (20 for the Patriots and 2 for the Buccaneers)• 22 NFL seasons (624) (20 with the Patriots and 2 with the Buccaneers).
• NFL throwing yardage record (84,520)
243 regular-season victories, the most in NFL history; 35 playoff victories, 19 more than any other quarterback (Joe Montana, 16). • ten Super Bowl appearances and seven victories
• All-time leader in postseason touchdown passes (86), passing yards (13,049), and completions (1,165).
• NFL MVP three times (2007, 2010, 2017)• Named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team (1 of 10 quarterbacks) in 2009
On Saturday, sources informed ESPN that Brady had decided to retire, but Brady’s family and the Buccaneers insisted no official decision had been made. Brady noted on his SiriusXM show on Monday that he wasn’t ready to decide his intentions just yet.
Brady joined the Buccaneers in March 2020 after 20 seasons with the Patriots, and he instantly added another chapter to his career by winning his seventh Super Bowl, the first by a club in its own stadium.
“Tom came to us as the greatest football player of all time, and he soon demonstrated what that meant to everyone in our organisation,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday. “He established a standard and contributed to the development of a culture that propelled our team to the summit.
For the last two seasons, it has been a pleasure to serve as his head coach. I wish it didn’t have to come to an end, but few players have the chance to exit the game on their own terms. Even fewer are capable of doing so while playing at a high level. Tom is an outlier. I have a great deal of admiration and respect for what he has done for our organisation, and I wish him and his family nothing but the best in their post-football lives. “
Brady has a regular-season record of 243-73 and a postseason record of 35-12. He was named to the Pro Bowl 15 times and earned three MVP honours.
Brady went from being the 199th choice in the 2000 draught to replacing an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and guiding the Patriots to a Super Bowl triumph against the Rams.
Following the 2003-04 seasons, Brady led the Patriots to consecutive Super Bowl victories. Since then, no team has been able to repeat as winners.
But the Patriots would not win another Super Bowl for a decade, losing both times to the New York Giants, including a 17-14 loss on Feb. 3, 2008, which ended the Patriots’ perfect season.
After the 2014 season, Brady was awarded his fourth ring. Two years later, he led the Patriots back from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit against the Atlanta Falcons to win in overtime for Super Bowl No. 5. Brady won his sixth title as the Patriots defeated the Rams at the end of the 2018 season.
He went 19 times to the playoffs, won 18 division titles, was 10-4 in conference championships, and 7-3 in Super Bowls.
Brady was under centre for every game since starting his first game on Sept. 30, 2001, with the exception of 2008, when he sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 and the first four games of 2016, when he sat out a suspension due to the Deflategate controversy.
Brady, who was known for his work ethic, rigorous training programme, and strict diet, became better with age.
Brady won four Super Bowls after turning 37 and went 17-4 in the playoffs. He went 95-30 in those eight seasons, completing 65.2 percent of his throws for 35,371 yards, 265 touchdowns, 69 interceptions, and a 100.2 passer rating.
In a statement published Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated, “Tom Brady will be regarded as one of the best to ever play in the NFL.” His illustrious career, as a competitor and leader, is notable not just for its length but also for the consistent quality he demonstrated year after year.
“Tom improved everyone around him and always appeared to rise to the occasion in the most important situations. With one of the greatest NFL careers in history, he inspired fans in New England, Tampa, and throughout the globe. Seeing him compete and having him in the NFL has been a pleasure. We appreciate his many contributions to our game and wish Tom and his family the best in the future. “