Tom Brady announces retirement


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Jeremy Dobin

Quarterback Tom Brady posted a video of himself on a Florida beach early Wednesday morning in which he announced his plan to retire from professional football.

The announcement came exactly a year after Brady shared his intention to retire for the first time, before ultimately deciding to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for another season.

Brady expressed more finality this time around while notifying the world of his retirement, saying “I’m retiring. For good.” He is hanging up his cleats after 23 remarkable seasons, during which he cemented himself in history as the greatest quarterback of all time.

Brady’s career resume includes seven Super Bowl titles, five Super Bowl MVP awards and three regular season MVP awards. Brady is also the all-time leader in regular season passing yards, regular season touchdowns, playoff passing yards and playoff touchdowns.

Throughout his career, Tom Brady graced the world with his masterfulness on countless occasions. It began with him taking over for the New England Patriots during his second season and leading the team to its first Super Bowl title in 2002, after being picked 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Among the endless list of memorable games and moments from Brady’s playing career, there is arguably none better than his iconic comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. Brady’s greatness was on full display, as he rallied his team to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl championship one more time in 2019 before setting sail for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. Brady’s greatness did not stop when he landed in Florida. In his first year as the Buccaneers quarterback, Brady led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl title, marking his record-shattering seventh Super Bowl win. Brady’s seven Super Bowl rings are more than all 32 NFL franchises have in their respective histories.

Tom Brady’s absence from the NFL next season will be glaring. Fans have had the privilege of watching Brady rise to the status of all-time legend over 23 years. Brady set the standard for what it means to work hard, how to be a leader and what being the best looks like.

Brady turned the subjective into the objective, as it is consensus among the public that he is the best player to ever step foot onto the gridiron. He is quite possibly the greatest athlete ever. While many public sports commentators expressed congratulations and best wishes for the legendary quarterback, there was also an overwhelming sense of sentiment.

Kyle Brandt, a co-host of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” shared an emotional message which captured what many football fans were feeling following the news of Brady’s retirement.

“You don’t owe anything to anyone, to yourself, to the game, the league, to us, just get out of here man.” Brandt shared early Wednesday morning from Las Vegas.

“You don’t have to be Superman. You don’t have to play until you’re 46, and 48 and 50. Go be with your kids, go hug your kids. Go spend some money. Go put on ten pounds, go put on fifty pounds. You have been the greatest ever for a decade already. I’m thrilled for him.”