National Football League quarterback Tom Brady, who won seven Super Bowls and is considered one of the game’s all-time greats, said on Wednesday that he was retiring, a year after he made the same announcement only to change his mind weeks later.
“I am retiring for good,” Brady said in a 53-second video message that he posted on Twitter. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream.”
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
Brady said that he wanted to deliver the news directly to his fans first in a video announcement and thanked all of those who had supported him throughout his career.
The 45-year-old Brady spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before relocating to Florida and leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2021.
He retired for a short time after last season but reversed course and led Tampa Bay to the playoffs again in the current season before the team was eliminated.
The Northern California native is widely regarded as the best quarterback in league history and exits the game with five Super Bowl MVP awards and three league MVP awards. His age-defying career includes over 50 NFL records, including most passing yards, most touchdown passes, most completions, and most Pro Bowl appearances. He also has the distinction of being the only player to beat all 32 NFL teams.
Brady will now move to the broadcast booth as he signed a $375 million deal with Fox Sports in May of 2022 to takeover as the networks lead NFL analyst once he chose to retire.
Copyright 2023 Thomson/Reuters. Additions and edits for FISM News by Michael Cardinal.