Tom Brady Retires, For Good This Time. Tributes Come In
MIAMI, FL – The tributes are out, as the big announcement came this morning.
Tom Brady pulled out his phone while on a beach in South Florida and recorded a message announcing his retirement.
“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” Brady said in a video on Twitter. “I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year, so really thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors — I could go on forever, there’s too many,” Brady continued. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.””
After weeks of speculation about which team he would return to, and about his kids being more important, Brady finally stepped up and made his intentions clear.
The Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady’s last team, issued a statement.
“Tom’s impact will be felt within our community for many years to come and we will forever be grateful for those unforgettable memories that he provided during these final seasons of his legendary career,” the Glazer family said.
Also, Robert Kraft, Owner of the New England Patriot added…
“I don’t ever believe in the 100-year-old history of the NFL there’s been a quarterback of Tom’s ilk,” Kraft told ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Wednesday. “I don’t know, but I would have trouble ever believing there would be another one.”
Tom Brad is truly the goat.
He’s the only player to win over five Super Bowls, winning six with the New England Patriots, and then winning another with the Buccaneers, and he was named Super Bowl MVP five times.
Brady’s former coach with the Patriots, Bill Belichic commented:
“Tom Brady was the ultimate winner,” Belichick said in a statement. “He entered the NFL with little to no fanfare and leaves as the most successful player in league history. His relentless pursuit of excellence drove him on a daily basis. His work ethic and desire to win were both motivational and inspirational to teammates and coaches alike. Tom was a true professional who carried himself with class and integrity throughout his career. I thank Tom for the positive impact he had on me and on the Patriots and congratulate him on his amazing career.”
Brady also holds all-time NFL records for regular-season wins (251), Super Bowl appearances (10), playoff games and wins (48, 35), as well as playoff yards (13,400) and TDs (88).
Brady can immediately begin working as an analyst for Fox Sports, which signed him to a 10-year, $375 million contract this past summer. He also launched a Brady brand clothing line one year ago, has a successful health and wellness brand called TB12 Sports and founded his own production company, 199 Productions.