A day after he said he was evaluating his options regarding his future, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady officially retired from the NFL.
Brady made the announcement Tuesday morning via social media.
“I always believed that the sport of football was an ‘all-in’ proposition – if there is no 100% competitive commitment there, you will not succeed, and success is what I love about our game so much,” said Brady. “Every single day there is a physical, mental and emotional challenge that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my best these last 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success in the field. or in life.
“This is hard for me to write, but here it goes: I will not make this competitive effort anymore. I have kept my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that ask for my attention I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past week and asked myself tough questions. And I’m so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the playing field to the next generation of dedicated and dedicated athletes. “
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Brady, 44, led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns this season and his last game was the NFC Divisional loss at home to the Los Angeles Rams.
USA TODAY Sports reported Saturday that Brady would announce his retirement after 22 seasons.
“Tom Brady will be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL. An incredible competitor and leader, his stellar career is notable for her longing but also for the continued excellence he has shown year after year. showed, “said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. .
“Tom made everyone around him better and always seemed to rise to the occasion in the greatest moments. His record five Super Bowl MVP awards and seven Super Bowl championships set a standard that players will pursue for years to come.”
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On Monday, Brady said on his SiriusXM podcast “Let’s Go” that he was not ready to announce plans for his future.
Brady’s retirement brings to an end a illustrious career with seven Super Bowl titles, three MVP and five Super Bowl MVP awards and 15 Pro Bowl selections.
After being selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the New England Patriots, Brady got his chance next season in Week 2 when starter Drew Bledsoe was hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis . Brady started the following week against the Indianapolis Colts, leading to a 44-13 victory.
He set NFL career marks for touchdown passes (624), passing yards (84,250) and winning as a starting quarterback, while also setting league records for playoff wins, touchdowns and passing yards.
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“Words cannot describe the feelings I have for Tom Brady, nor the gratitude my family, the New England Patriots and our fans have for Tom adequately expressing for all he has done in his career,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft in a statement. “A generation of football fans has grown up knowing only one NFL in which Tom Brady dominated.”
If there’s one spot on his record, it came during the 2015 AFC Championship when the Colts accused Brady of using a low football.
The NFL investigated and found that it was “more likely than not” that Brady was using a football that did not meet league standards.
He was suspended four games, and the Patriots were fined $ 1 million and lost several draft picks due to the incident.