NFL Great Tom Brady makes it official; “I’m not going to do that competitive commitment anymore” – CBS San Francisco

SAN MATEO (CBS SF/AP) — For the first time since taking the field at the Sierra High Padres in San Mateo, NFL star Tom Brady took to social media on Tuesday to officially announce his retirement from football.

Speculation has been swirling since the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC playoffs defeated defending Brady in the NFL Championship Tampa Bay.

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Finally, Brady finished it all.

“It’s hard for me to write, but here it is: I’m not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I loved my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”

Brady has long expressed a desire to spend more time with his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, and their three children, although he continues to play.

The 44-year-old Brady is out after leading Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl title last season and the NFC South Championship this season. He played for 22 seasons and led his teams to 7 Super Bowl titles.

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News of Brady’s pending retirement leaked on Saturday. His family and The Buccaneers denied he had made a final decision, and said Monday night on his SiriusXM podcast that he wasn’t ready to finalize his plans.

This came on Tuesday morning.

“I’ve done a lot of thinking in the past week and asked myself tough questions,” Brady said in his letter. “And I am very proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors and fans deserve 100% of me, but for now it is best to leave the playing field to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”

Brady thanked the Buccaneers, his teammates, owner, general manager Jason Licht, coach Bruce Arians, coach Alex Guerrero, agents Don Yee and Steve Dubin and his family in his nine-page post. He did not mention the New England Patriots, having spent their first 20 seasons and winning six Super Bowls. Of course, Brady thanked the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick after he left the team to sign for the Buccaneers in March 2020.

“To the Glazer family, thank you for taking the opportunity and supporting me,” Brady said of Bock Car owners. “I know I was demanding at times, but you gave everything we needed to win, and your ownership was all a player could ask for.”

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Brady said he’s still figuring out how he’ll spend his time but plans to be involved with his company TB12 Health & Wellness, Brady’s clothing line, and NFT.

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