Tom Brady Retires, After 22 Seasons in the NFL


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Maddox Ramirez

Tom Brady retired at 44 years old, being tied with Vinny Testaverde and Steve Deberg as the 3rd oldest quarterback to play in NFL history. Tom Brady ends his career with  being arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL. Brady ended his career with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Tom Brady officially announced his retirement by saying “I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.” Brady is saying that he has played longer than most players and it’s time to retire.  His retirement came with lots of emotion too. Brady said “I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition—if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game.”

In the 22 seasons he has played, Brady won 7 super bowls, the most in NFL history. Tom Brady played for the New England Patriots for 20 seasons of his career. In New England he won 6 super bowls with coach Bill Belechick. Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March, 2020. In Tampa Bay he won 1 Superbowl with coach Bruce Arians.

Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 draft. Brady was a backup quarterback before he started with the Patriots. Brady was a backup for Drew Bledsoe. After the age of 40, Tom was 60-21, had a completion percentage of 65.3%, 22,938 passing yards, and had 168 touchdowns.

Tom Brady confirmed he was happy with his decision by saying “All you can do is take it day by day, nothing’s promised for us. I’m gonna do things I really enjoy and spend time with people that I really enjoy spending time with.”

“So the future is bright. I look forward to the opportunities that are ahead and I look forward to speaking with everyone again next year. So I’ve had a great time doing the show. We’ll keep it going and thank you to everyone for their amazing support, thanks for another great NFL football season. And I hope it just keeps getting better and better from here.”