The seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady announced his initial retirement a year ago only to reverse his decision 40 days later and re-sign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This time the 45-year-old chose not to release another lengthy statement announcing his retirement but instead posted a video on social media.
Good morning guys, I’ll get to the point right away, I’m retiring, for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured that I’ll just press record and let you guys know first. It won’t be long winded. You only get one super-emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.
Brady’s career spanned two decades with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The quarterback spent 20 seasons with the Patriots, winning six Super Bowls and three MVP awards. He then signed for the Buccaneers in 2020 winning the Super Bowl once more and leading the Florida side to the playoffs in his three seasons.
Tom Brady then became emotional in the second half of his video as the NFL icon thanked those who had helped him during his incredible career.
His announcement came as a surprise to most fans after Tom made comments earlier this season suggesting he intended to carry on playing. A return to the Patriots seemed likely due to his relationship with team owner Robert Kraft.
Brady spent 23 seasons in the league after the New England Patriots drafted him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.