NFL quarterback Tom Brady says he is retiring ‘for good’


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NFL quarterback Tom Brady says he is retiring ‘for good’

FAREWELL. NFL star Tom Brady won three league MVP awards.

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(2nd UPDATE) Tom Brady, widely regarded as the best quarterback in NFL history, retires for the second time

National Football League quarterback Tom Brady, who won seven Super Bowls and is considered one of the game’s all-time greats, said on Wednesday, February 1, that he was retiring, a year after he made the same announcement only to change his mind weeks later.

“I am retiring for good,” Brady said in a 53-second video message that he posted on Twitter. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream.”

The 45-year-old Brady spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before relocating to Florida and leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2021.

He retired after last season but reversed course 40 days later and returned to the Buccaneers, leading them to the playoffs again in the current season before the team was eliminated by the Dallas Cowboys last week.

In October, halfway through the season, Brady announced that he and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, had ended their 13-year marriage. They have two children together.

Brady’s commitment to continue playing was believed to be one of the wedges that drove the couple to divorce.

Bundchen had expressed worry over Brady’s health playing in the often violent workplace that is the NFL, conceding in an Elle magazine story that she had those discussions with her husband adding, “I would like him to be more present.”

The northern California native is widely regarded as the best quarterback in league history. He appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls, winning the game seven times. He also won the Super Bowl MVP award five times and his 15 Pro Bowl selections are the most in league history. He was named the league’s most valuable player three times.

A lightly regarded prospect coming out of the University of Michigan, Brady was the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. But he made the most of his opportunities and quickly turned around the fortunes of the Patriots franchise. He would go on to build one of the greatest dynasties across any sport.

Broadcast career

Brady now appears headed to the television broadcast booth having already agreed to a reported 10-year $375 million contract to join FOX Sports as lead analyst and ambassador for the network.

Coming ahead of Groundhog Day in the United States on Thursday, some on social media pointed out that they had heard this before.

There were a number of teams reportedly interested in signing the free agent future Hall of Famer for next season, including the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Miami Dolphins.

While Brady appeared frustrated and weary at times throughout last season, he still produced on the field, leading the Buccaneers to the playoffs.

He passed for 4,694 yards, ranking him behind only Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl-bound Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert and his 25 touchdown passes were among the top 10 in the league.

Word of Brady’s second retirement again sparked tributes across social media from around the world.

“Greatest of All Time. No question, no debate,” said three-time NFL defensive player of the year JJ Watt, who announced his retirement earlier this year. “It’s been an honor and a privilege.”

England soccer captain Harry Kane offered his congratulations and said he looked forward to catching up with Brady at a totally different sport.

“Congrats on an amazing career @TomBrady,” tweeted the Tottenham Hotspur striker. “See you on the golf course soon.” –

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