44-year-old Brady, considered by many to be the greatest quarterback quartet in NFL history, has won seven Lombardi titles, the most championships won by a single player in NFL history, along with five Super MVPs Bowl. He amassed career records such as most touchdown passes (624) and most passes (84,250) in his 22 seasons.
“I’ve always believed that the sport of football is an ‘all in’ proposition – without a 100% commitment to being competitive you won’t be successful and success is what I love so much about our game “, Brady said in his statement on Instagram. “Having a physical, mental and emotional challenge EVERY day has allowed me to reach my highest potential. And I’ve been trying my best for the past 22 years. There are no shortcuts. lead to success on the court or in life.
“This has been tough for me to write, but here it is: I’m not making that competitive commitment anymore. I’ve loved my NFL career, and now it’s time to focus my time and energy. I spend a lot of time on other things that require my attention. I’ve pondered a lot over the past week and asked myself the tough questions. And I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. The team, coach, rivals and fans deserve it, but for now, it’s best for me to give way to the next generation of committed and committed athletes.”
Brady has been adamant for weeks that he never wants a “breakup season,” sources told ESPN, and will now shift focus to new endeavors.
Buccaneers executives and coaches have been preparing for Brady’s retirement in recent weeks, realizing he’s more likely to hang it up after the season, team sources told ESPN.