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TAMPA, Fla.: Tom Brady left the NFL on his own terms, still at the top of his game.
Brady, the most successful quarterback in league history and one of professional sports’ greatest champions, retired after winning seven Super Bowls and setting numerous records during a career without precedent of 22 years.
“It’s hard for me to write, but here goes: I’m not going to make this competitive commitment anymore,” Brady wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “I’ve loved my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that need my attention.”
Brady, 44, has long declared his desire to spend more time with his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, and three children despite his unique ability to perform exceptionally well at an age when most athletes are well past their prime. .
Brady comes out after leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title last season and the NFC South championship this season.
News of Brady’s impending retirement broke on Saturday, but he said Monday night on his SiriusXM podcast that he wasn’t ready to finalize his plans. It happened Tuesday morning.
“Right now, I’m better off leaving the playing field to the next generation of dedicated, committed athletes,” Brady said.
Brady thanked the Buccaneers organization, teammates, owner, general manager Jason Licht, coach Bruce Arians, coach Alex Guerrero, agents Don Yee and Steve Dubin and his family in his nine-page message. He didn’t mention the New England Patriots, where he spent his first 20 seasons and won six Super Bowls playing for Bill Belichick. But Brady thanked the Patriots and their fans on Twitter, saying, “I’m beyond grateful. I love you all.”
Brady said he was still thinking about how he would spend his time, but he planned to get involved with his health and wellness company TB12, the Brady clothing line and the NFT company.
“I know for sure that I want to spend a lot of time giving to others and trying to enrich other people’s lives, just like so many others have done for me,” he said.
Brady led the NFL in passes (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719) in 2021, but the Buccaneers lost at home to the Los Angeles Rams in the round of dividing.
Brady starts as the career leader in passing yards (84,520) and touchdowns (624). He is the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and was a five-time game MVP.
Brady has won three NFL MVP awards, been a three-time first-team All-Pro, and been a Pro Bowl selection 15 times. He was 243-73 in his career in the regular season and 35-12 in the playoffs.
“To end a 22-year career while still performing at its peak was nothing short of extraordinary,” Licht said. “I wish we had more time with Tom, but I understand and respect his decision to leave the game in order to spend more time with his family.”
Brady went from being the 199th pick in the 2000 draft to replacing an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and leading New England to a Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Rams that season.
He led the Patriots to back-to-back Super Bowl titles after the 2003-04 seasons. Neither team has since repeated as champions.
But New England wouldn’t win another for a decade, losing twice to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, including a 17-14 loss on Feb. 3, 2008, that prevented the Patriots from completing a perfect season. .
Brady won his fourth ring after the 2014 season. Two years later, in the biggest Super Bowl comeback, he led the Patriots from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit against Atlanta to win in overtime for No. 5. Brady earned his sixth championship when New England beat the Rams after the 2018 season.
He joined the Buccaneers in 2020 amid a pandemic, instantly transforming a franchise that hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years. His pal Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement to join him and they helped the Buccaneers become the first team to play in a Super Bowl at his home stadium.
“He set a standard and helped create a culture that took our team to the top of the mountain,” Arians said.
Brady reached the playoffs 19 times, won 18 division titles, went 10-4 in conference championships and 7-3 in Super Bowls.
After starting his first game on September 30, 2001, Brady was under center for every game except when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 in 2008 and the first four games in 2016 when he missed a suspension due to the deflated football scandal.
“An incredible competitor and leader, his distinguished career is notable for his longevity but also for the sustained excellence he has displayed year after year,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
Known for his work ethic, strenuous exercise regimen and strict diet, Brady got better with age.
After turning 37, Brady won four Super Bowls and was 17-4 in the playoffs. He was 95-30, completed 65.2% of his passes for 35,371 yards, 265 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in the regular season over those eight seasons.
“I’ve always believed that the sport of football is an ‘all-inclusive’ proposition – if there isn’t a 100% competitive commitment you won’t be successful, and success is what I love so much about our game,” Brady said. . “There is a physical, mental and emotional challenge every day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have done my best for the past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success in the field or in life.