Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement from the NFL, and said Tuesday in an Instagram post that he “will no longer make this competitive effort.”
“I have always believed that the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ statement – if a 100% competitive commitment is not there, you will not succeed, and success is what I love about our game so much,” Brady said in his statement on Instagram. “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. “
The 44-year-old Brady, widely regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, has won seven Lombardi trophies, most championships won by one player in NFL history, along with five Super Bowl MVPs. He set career records, including the most touchdown passes (624) and the most passing yards (84,250) in his 22 seasons – including 20 with the New England Patriots.
“My playing career has been such an exciting ride, and far beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs,” Brady said in his statement. “When you’re in there every day, you really do not think of any end. play – the The competition was fierce and deep, JUST HOW WE LIKE IT.But the friendships and relationships are just as fierce and deep.I will remember and cherish these memories and revisit them often.I feel like the happiest person in the world. “
Brady, who led the Bucs to a Super Bowl title last season and NFC South Championship this season, has been adamant for weeks that he never wanted a “farewell season,” sources told ESPN, and will now shift his focus to new efforts.
Buccaneers managers and coaches have been preparing for Brady’s retirement in recent weeks, making it more likely than not that he would hang up after the season, team sources told ESPN.
In his announcement, Brady thanked everyone with the Bucs, his business partners, his agents and his family. While reflecting on his career, he did not specifically mention his time with the Patriots or anyone within the organization.
“Against my Bucs teammates the past two years, I love you, and I love to fight with you,” Brady said in his post. “You have dug so deep to challenge yourself, and it inspired me to wake up every day and give you my best. I’m always here for you and want to see you continue to be your best. I could do not be happier with what we have done together. “