Tom Brady Retires from the NFL
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Rams on January 23rd, meaning Tom Brady and the Bucs would not advance to the Super Bowl. This weekend, ESPN prematurely announced that Tom Brady was retiring. The rumors of Brady retiring were in the air for days. Adam Schefter reported on Saturday, January 29th that Tom Brady was retiring, according to multiple sources. He later pushed back on that report due to the lack of response to confirm the story.
Don Yee, Brady’s agent responded to the reports by saying, “I understand the advance speculation about Tom's future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what's being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy.”
Hasty news on the GOAT
The retirement of one of the greatest football players of all time is huge. Several fans felt that Brady still had a few more years left in him. It was hard to believe that Tom Brady could possibly be retiring so soon. The loss the Buccaneers endured the previous weekend could explain the motivation of the QB’s possible retirement. Several peers and teammates close to Brady believed this was his final season, no matter the outcome of their last game. It was hard to know what to believe that weekend.
The Quarterback has earned 7 Super Bowl victories and was named MVP 5 times during his 22 seasons in the NFL. News of Brady’s retirement was released over the weekend with no word from Brady himself. During an interview on The Tonight Show, Peyton Manning stated “... if Tom's gonna retire, I feel like he'll announce it himself. That's kind of the process that I went through when I retired.” Watch the interview below, 1:02-2:31
So is he retiring or not?
After a hush over the weekend, Brady wrote out a heartfelt post on Instagram confirming that he is, in fact, retiring. Brady shared a lot of gratitude for his team, staff, and family in this multi-page post. He recognized the opportunity that his career gave him and that he has a lot to be thankful for.
His reasoning for his retirement is that he couldn’t make the competitive commitment needed to succeed any longer. He needed to focus his energy on other things that require his attention. “I know for sure I want to spend a lot of time giving to others and trying to enrich other people’s lives, just as so many have done for me.”