After 23 seasons in the NFL Tom Brady has announced his permanent retirement. Tom Brady, the NFL’s all-time leading passer, announced his retirement from the game he has controlled for so long on Wednesday.
Since “the procedure” was “quite a huge deal” the last time, Brady decided to let his Twitter followers in on the news first thing in the morning. Don’t worry; I won’t go on and on. I already used my allotment of “truly thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me” retirement essays last year.
Even in his final season, when he passed for 4,694 yards (third-most in the NFL), Brady was known for his famous ruthlessness and dedication to winning. For the first time in Brady’s starting career, the 45-year-Tampa old’s Bay Buccaneers finished with a losing record, and they only made the playoffs due to the NFC South’s overall badness. The Dallas Cowboys eliminated them relatively quickly from the playoffs in the first round.
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The list of Brady’s accomplishments is nearly as long as his career. He holds the record for most Super Bowl victories by an individual player in NFL history with seven (six with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Additionally, he has the most passing yards in NFL history and the most throwing touchdowns in league history (649). (89,214). Other, less common statistics are equally as impressive: Amazingly, Brady has appeared in nearly a fifth of all Super Bowls ever played; no other quarterback has played in a Super Bowl after the age of 40; his 35 postseason wins are more than 13 other teams have appeared in; and he has won two of those appearances.
Brady stated in the video posted on Wednesday, “I could go on forever; there’s too many.” He went on to list his family, friends, teammates, and competition. “I can’t thank you enough for letting me realize my wildest hopes and dreams. There is nothing I would alter. Infinite adoration for the gang.
It’s not Brady’s first time saying goodbye. A year ago, he declared his retirement, but 40 days later, claiming “unfinished business,” he decided to return to the Buccaneers. However, injuries weakened Tampa, and Brady seemed distracted by personal concerns, leading to a disappointing end to his career.
Brady’s underappreciation right out of college stands out in retrospect. In the 2000 NFL draught, Brady was drafted 200th by the New England Patriots. Of the 198 players, six were quarterbacks. When Brady first met Patriots owner Robert Kraft, he reportedly said, “I’m Tom Brady, and I’m the best decision this organization ever made.”
Indeed, Brady was right. He made his way up to Drew Bledsoe’s backup from the Patriots’ fourth string. Early in the 2001 season, Bledsoe was injured, and Brady took over as quarterback. He won seven Super Bowls, was named NFL MVP three times, and set or tied nearly every significant passing mark in league history.
According to Bill Belichick, Brady’s coach in New England, where they won six Super Bowls together, “there is no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady,” and Belichick has said this on the record multiple times. “Tom was as good a quarterback as any coach could hope to have,” says his former coach.
On Wednesday, Brady’s fellow athletes held memorial ceremonies for him.
“The Greatest of All Time. Without a doubt, without argument. Three-time NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt said on Twitter, “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege.
Derek Jeter, a former New York Yankees great who controlled MLB in the same way that Tom Brady dominated the NFL, has complimented Brady “on an outstanding career.” Enjoyable to view.
Since his playing days are behind, Brady can focus on his profitable business ventures. Last year, he secured a 10-year broadcasting deal with Fox Sports and owned a fashion and wellness company. According to the New York Post, the value is $375 million, more than Brady made in his NFL career ($332 million).