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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has formally introduced his retirement after 22 NFL seasons.
Brady’s participant resume stands alone as the best in NFL historical past. He holds the all-time information for Tremendous Bowl wins (seven), Tremendous Bowl MVP awards (5), playoff wins (35), regular-season wins (243), passing yards (84,520) and passing touchdowns (624), amongst different accolades.
The three-time All-Professional additionally received three NFL regular-season MVP awards and as soon as held the single-season passing landing file (50, set in 2007).
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell congratulated Brady after the quarterback introduced his retirement:
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Roger Goodell on Tom Brady’s retirement. pic.twitter.com/IMl49R3L2K
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians additionally confirmed his appreciation:
“Tom joined us as the best soccer participant of all time, and he shortly confirmed everybody in our group what that meant. He set a regular and helped create a tradition that took our staff to the mountaintop. It has been an honor to be his head coach for the previous two seasons. I want it did not have to finish, however few gamers have the chance to go away the sport on their very own phrases. Even fewer can do it whereas taking part in at an elite degree. Tom is the exception. I’ve a deep appreciation and respect for what he has accomplished for our franchise, and I want him and his household nothing however the very best on this subsequent chapter of life after soccer.”
Studies circulated Saturday that Brady, who will flip 45 years outdated in August, was set to retire. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington broke the information, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Community additionally reported that Brady was set to retire.
Brady’s agent, Don Yee, stated his shopper would reveal his future plans shortly:
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Assertion from Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee: pic.twitter.com/vbUhSToYtT
Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., additionally denied the experiences in a dialog with Mike Giardi of NFL Community.
Brady in the end did resolve to retire, nonetheless, ending the best taking part in profession in NFL historical past.
Expectations weren’t excessive for the ex-Michigan Wolverine when the New England Patriots chosen Brady within the sixth spherical with the No. 199 total draft pick of Michigan in 2000.
He sat behind starter Drew Bledsoe in his first season however obtained the decision to be the QB1 after the veteran signal-caller suffered severe accidents, together with inner bleeding, following successful from New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis in Week 2 of the 2001 marketing campaign.
The remaining is historical past as Brady helped lead the Pats to their first Tremendous Bowl win.
New England went 11-5 after going 5-11 the 12 months earlier than and completed its season beating the closely favored St. Louis Rams within the Tremendous Bowl.
Brady guided the Patriots to Tremendous Bowl victories in 2003 and 2004 and practically did so in 2007 with an undefeated staff.
Nevertheless, the New York Giants shut down the Brady-led offense and scored a late landing to safe a Tremendous Bowl XLII win and ship the Patriots residence with an 18-1 file and with no Lombardi Trophy.
Brady wasn’t in a position to lead the Patriots in 2008 after successful from Kansas Metropolis Chiefs security Bernard Pollard prompted a season-ending torn left ACL.
He returned in 2009 and obtained again to the Tremendous Bowl in 2011, when the Giants beat the Pats but once more.
Brady led the Patriots to Tremendous Bowl wins in 2014, 2016 and 2018, nonetheless, to provide himself six rings for his profession.
The quarterback threw two fourth-quarter landing passes in Tremendous Bowl XLIX to guide the Patriots to a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Two years later, Brady guided an epic 28-3 comeback over the Atlanta Falcons, piloting the Pats to a 34-28 time beyond regulation win. He completed that recreation with a Tremendous Bowl-record 466 passing yards.
Brady’s profession is not with out controversy. He was alleged to have ordered the deliberate (and unlawful) deflation of footballs throughout the 2014 AFC Championship Recreation, which the Pats received 45-7 over the Indianapolis Colts.
After a prolonged cleaning soap opera that landed in a number of courts, Brady was suspended for the primary 4 video games of the 2016 season.
There have been additionally murmurs of points with head coach Invoice Belichick, such because the coach’s alleged issues concerning Brady’s private coach (and TB12 Sports activities co-founder) Alex Guerrero.
Belichick stripped Guerrero of beforehand granted privileges (together with treating any gamers exterior Brady) in 2017, per Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe.
Finally, the Belichick-Brady relationship, as famous by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, deteriorated sufficient that the quarterback left in free company for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throughout the 2020 offseason.
Brady did not lose a step in Tampa Bay, throwing for 40 touchdowns and 4,633 passing yards and main the Bucs to their second Tremendous Bowl win (and his seventh).
His second season in Tampa led to playoff disappointment with a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams within the NFC divisional spherical, however Brady continued to defy logic at age 44, throwing for an NFL-high 44 touchdowns for the NFC South champions.
Remarkably, Brady appeared to have lots left within the tank this season as he dominated regardless of being in his mid-40s.
Nevertheless, he’ll retire throughout a two-decade prime that destroyed any logic followers have concerning the longevity of peak athletic efficiency.