Tom Brady: A long-awaited NFL will retire after winning seven Super Bowls
Tom Brady, one of the greatest players in NFL history, is expected to retire.
The 44-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has won seven Super Bowls in an amazing 22-season career.
It was widely reported on Saturday evening that he had decided to retire, but his company TB12 Sports deleted a tweet confirming the news.
And later, speaking to the NFL network, Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., said his son had done so. he has not yet “made a final decision.”
Brady, five times the most valuable Super Bowl player, won six titles with the New England Patriots before his final win over the Buccaneers last year.
His last game was a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs, when his heroism didn’t nearly end with the Bucs battling successfully from 27-3.
Brady, a three-time MVP for the NFL season, has one year left on his contract and has previously spoken of playing beyond his 45th birthday, which is a month before the start of next season.
As ESPN first reported, Brady’s decision to retire would be based on a number of factors, including family and health.
The NFL paid tribute to Brady Twitter with a series of #ThankYouTom messages.
In a statement to NFL.com, his agent Don Yee said: “I understand the anticipated speculation about Tom’s future.
“Without going into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what is being reported, Tom will be the only person who will express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and the planning schedule as well as anyone, so he should to be soon “.
The NFL network Ian Rapoport reported that Brady intends to retire, but “the push seems to be based on the moment, rather than his final decision.”
Earlier, a post on the social media account of TB12 Sports – the fitness and training company created by Brady and his personal trainer Alex Guerrero – listed his successes and ended: “22 amazing seasons. Thank you for everything, Tom Brady. “
Brady has played in 10 Super Bowls, including one miraculous return 28-3 against the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, and had a perfect 16-0 regular season with the Patriots in 2007.
He won a Super Bowl in three different decades.
Asked about his future after the Rams’ defeat, Brady said: “I haven’t thought about it much. We’ll just take it every day and see where we are.”
“The greatest professional athlete we’ve ever seen”
“Tom Brady should be the first player in history to be in the Hall of Fame while still playing,” two-time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora told BBC One after Brady won his seventh ring in February 2021 .
“What this man has done is almost beyond belief, almost beyond words. I can’t describe the level of difficulty, what this man needed to do what he has done.
“Every year this guy has been doubted, every year this man climbs to the top like a phoenix. This guy is the greatest professional athlete we’ve seen in history, and that’s true for any sport. And not just that. I call it hyperbolic.
“What makes this guy in the quarterback position, the hardest position to play in sports, winning over and over again … I take my hat off to this guy.”