Tom Brady announces retirement in Instagram post after days of confusion

Tom Brady # 12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers swings to fans after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.

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Legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement Tuesday after 22 record-breaking seasons.

The 44-year-old posted a photo and statement on his social media accounts explaining his decision to quit football. Brady wrote that he felt he could no longer make the commitment needed to succeed in the NFL.

“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I will not make that competitive effort anymore,” he said. “I loved my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”

Brady steps away from the sport after winning seven Super Bowls and setting a series of league records. The quarterback’s unparalleled success came at a dose of venom from opposing fans, who may have seen him too often with his favorite team or associated him with fraud that the New England Patriots pursued during his long tenure with the team.

Announcing his retirement, Brady posted a photo of himself playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he spent the last two seasons of his career after 20 seasons with the Patriots. He thanked the Buccaneers organization, the head coach of the Bruce Arians team and their fans, but not the Patriots or the head coach of the team Bill Belichick. Brady and his Patriots coach together won six Super Bowls.

Brady said he plans to “take it day by day” after a football career he called “an exciting ride”. He mentioned that he would work to grow companies he co-founded, including training and apparel company TB12 Sports and NFT platform

Drawn by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady leaves the NFL considered by many to be the greatest quarterback to play the sport.

Brady appeared 10 times in the Super Bowl, winning seven with two teams. He won five Super Bowl MVP Awards, made 15 Pro Bowls, and was named an Associated Press NFL MVP three times.

The player who many called the GOAT, as the greatest of all time, was also famous for leading teams to victories in the final moments of games.

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