The news broke last week, but on Tuesday, legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced it; He is retiring.
The 7-time Super Bowl champion took to Instagram to announce that he was calling for an end to his 22-year career, after realizing he could no longer make the “all-in” commitment that success in the NFL requires.
“It’s hard for me to write,” Brady wrote, “but here it goes: 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.”
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– Adam Scheffer (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2022
Brady expressed his thanks to his teammates, coaches, family and friends who supported him.
My playing career has been an exciting journey, beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs,” Brady wrote. “When you’re at it every day, you don’t really think about what kind of ending. As I sit here now, thinking about all the great players and coaches I’ve had the privilege of playing with and against – the competition was fierce and deep, as we love it. But friendships and relationships are fierce and deep. I will remember and cherish those memories and revisit them often. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 23: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts at the scrimmage line during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)
On Saturday, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington and Adam Shifter reported that Brady has decided to retire. Though, after time passed without a statement from Brady and the quarterback stars, even his father, loudly declaring that Brady hadn’t decided to retire yet, some speculated that the report might have been wrong.
That speculation was reignited on Monday after Brady said in his book Let’s Get Up! audio notation He is still going through this process. However, that process appears to have come to an end after Brady himself made it official on Tuesday morning.
Brady will be the first Hall of Famer pollster and is widely considered the greatest quarterback ever to play the game.