TAMPA, Fla. (WPRI) — Tom Brady has once again announced his retirement from the National Football League.
“I’m retiring for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time. So, when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first so. I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year,” he said in a video posted on social media.
“I really thank you guys so much, to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever. There’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all,” Brady continued.
The quarterback spent 20 years in New England and his final three seasons with Tampa Bay, winning seven Super Bowls.
The Patriots posted a video of Brady’s career in New England, as well as thanking him.
At 45, he was the oldest active player in the NFL this past season, but he still played at an elite level through his last game. This past season was the worst in his professional career — the Buccaneers finished with an 8-9 record and lost the wild-card round of the playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys.
“I have always had the utmost respect for Tom Brady as a football player, as a winner and as a person,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said. “It wasn’t until he joined us three years ago that I was able to truly appreciate him as a teammate. Even before I became head coach, we communicated often and had a strong relationship built on mutual respect and a desire to win.”
“We will certainly miss him as our quarterback, but I will miss him as a leader and friend.” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Light said. “Our entire organization is indebted to him for what he provided for us over the past three years. We won’t ever forget the wins or the accolades and his influence will be felt for years to come.”
During the season, Brady and Gisele Bündchen also announced they had gotten a divorce after 13 years of marriage.
Brady is expected to step into a role as a TV broadcaster, after signing a deal with FOX Sports to be a lead NFL analyst. He is expected to call games alongside lead play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and also will work as an “ambassador” for FOX, with a focus on “client and promotional initiatives.”
In his career, Brady has totaled 89,214 yards, 649 touchdowns, and 212 interceptions across 335 games. He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2028.
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