Brady Has Made It Official

After 22 seasons in the NFL, the seasoned quarterback will say goodbye.

Tom Brady poses with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, and three children Jack (14), Benjamin (11), and Vivian (9) following Buccaneers Super Bowl win in 2021.

Tom Brady poses with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, and three children Jack (14), Benjamin (11), and Vivian (9) following Buccaneers Super Bowl win in 2021.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

After twenty-two seasons competing in professional football, Tom Brady did make it official Tuesday that he will not be returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or any other professional football team, as a player. This announcement came after several reports from ESPN and NFL Network came out over the weekend stating that this will be Tom Brady’s last season. Despite original denials from Brady and his agent, they did confirm what fans had feared, that he will be retiring to spend more time with his model wife, Gisele Bundchen, and his three children, ages 9, 11, and 14. 

In an Instagram post written by Brady on Tuesday, he thanked the Buccaneers owners, all of the Buccaneers coaching staff, plus trainers, agents, teammates, and competitors that he has had throughout his life. Brady wrote, “As I sit here now, however, I think of all the great players and coaches I was privileged to play with and against — the competition was fierce and deep, JUST HOW WE LIKE IT. But the friendships and relationships are just as fierce and deep. I will remember and cherish these memories and re-visit them often. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.” His coaches and teammates have expressed the same respect. Coach Arians stated, “It has been an honor to be his coach.” 

Tom Brady has definitely had an impressive Hall of Fame career. According to Buccaneers.com, “from 2000-2011, Brady went 140-41, passed for 45,264 yards, threw 338 touchdown passes, won 16 playoff games, three of which were Super Bowls. From 2012-2021, he went 138-44, passed for 52,305 yards, threw 372 touchdowns, won 19 playoff games, FOUR of which were Super Bowls.” Brady is the all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns, and quarterback wins. “He ranks in the top-five in every major passing category and holds every major postseason record.”

Brady closed his statement of goodbye by discussing his future. Brady writes “The future is exciting. I’m fortunate to have cofounded incredible companies like @autograph.io @bradybrand @tb12sports that I am excited about to continue to help build and grow, but exactly what my days will look like will be a work-in-progress. As I said earlier, I am going to take it day by day. I know for sure I want to spend a lot of time giving to others and trying to enrich other people’s loves, just as so many have done for me.”