Well, there it as.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is officially retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons. The greatest quarterback of all time took to his social media accounts Tuesday morning announcing his decision.

On his latest episode of his podcast Let’s Go with Tom Brady, Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald, Brady addressed the retirement reports saying he hadn’t made a decision yet.

“I’m still going through the process I said I was going through,” Brady said. ” When the time is right I’ll make a decision one way or the other.”

That decision came on Tuesday, the very next day. In a heartfelt goodbye, Brady explained that he could no longer be “all-in.” And that his focus, time and energy, would be on other things that required his attention. Brady thanked his Bucs’ teammates, coaches, front office the city and the fans in his statement and interestingly enough chose a picture of himself in a Bucs uniform in his announcement.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

“I have always believed the sport of football is an “all-in” proposition – if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. There is a physical, mental and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.”

“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time for me to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”

“I’ve done a lot of reflecting this past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes. To my Bucs teammates the past two years, I love you guys, and I have loved going to battle with you. You have dug so deep to challenge yourself, and it inspired me to wake up every day and give you my best. I am always here for you guys and want to see you continue to push yourselves to be your best. I couldn’t be happier with what we accomplished together.”

“To all the Bucs fans, thank you. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived here, but your support and embrace have enriched my life and that of my family. I’ve been so honored to play for such a passionate and fun Fanbase. What a Krewe!!! To the city of Tampa and the entire Tampa-St. Petersburg region, thank you it has been wonderful to be a resident of such a fun place to live I want to be invited to our next boat parade. To the Glazier a family, thank you for taking a chance on me and supporting me I know I was demanding at times, but you provided everything we needed to win, in your ownership with everything a player could ask for.”

“To Jason Licht, thank you for your daily support and friendship – I will never forget it. I have never been through free agency and I had some trepidation about how we could achieve success. Your leader ship gave me confidence, and I will always be grateful. To my head coach Bruce Arians, thank you for putting up with me! Your firm leader ship and guidance were ideal. There is no way we could’ve had success without your experience, intuition, and wisdom. I am very grateful to all the Bucs coaches, my sincere thanks for all the hard work, dedication, and discipline that goes into creating a winning team. I have learned so much from all of you and will value the relationships we have.”

“To every single Bucs staffer and employee, thank you. Each of you is critically important, and I was greeted with a smile every day. That means so much to me. Your work is made up of long hours and hard tasks, but please know I see each and everyone of you. Thank you so much. To Alex Guerrero, thank you I could never have made every Sunday without you; it’s that simple. Your dedication to your craft and our friendship and brotherhood are immeasurable we have an unbreakable bond, and I love you. To Don Yee and Steve Dubin, thank you. You’ve been with me every step of the way since I left the University of Michigan and before I entered the league. What a journey it’s been, and I couldn’t do it without you.”

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

“To my parents and entire family (and extended family of countless friends), I love you and thank you for your never ending support and love. I could’ve never imagined the time and energy you have given me the past 30 years and Football. I can never repay you. And just know I love you so much. And lastly to my wife, Gisele, and my children Jack, Benny and Vivi. You are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement. I will always come off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her selflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our family. Te amo amor da minha vida.”

“My playing career has been such a thrilling ride, and far beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs. When you’re in it every day, you really don’t think about any kind of ending. As I said 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.”

“The future is exciting. I am fortunate to have cofounded incredible companies like @autograph.io @bradybrand @tb12sports that I am excited 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 a day by day. I know for sure I want to spend a lot of time giving to others and trying to enrich other peoples lives, just as so many have done for me. With much love, appreciation, and gratitude, Tom.”

Brady leaves the game as the most decorated quarterback of all time. Considered the greatest football player of all time by many he is the winningest player the league has ever seen with 243 wins. With seven Super Bowls titles, five Super Bowl MVPs, three regular season MVP’s, the most Pro Bowls (15) and six All-Pros, Bradys impact and legacy in the game of football is everlasting.

He holds numerous records in the regular season and playoffs including most passing yards (96,969), touchdowns (707), attempts (13,081) and completions (8,369) of all-time.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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PewterHeart
PewterHeart
4 months ago

Thanks TB12 for coming to Tampa and bringing that trophy home. GOAT of GOATs.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
4 months ago

Now it’s time to officially crawl into a little ball and cry. But seriously, thanks for everything these past two years.

ScottC543
ScottC543
4 months ago

You’ll always be a Buc to me, TB12. Thank you for the ride! We loved it.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
4 months ago

Correct me if I’m wrong – but that means he retired a Buccaneer since he was under contract and never signed a 1-day contract with New England right? If that’s the case they really burned that bridge up there lol

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  eaustinyoung
4 months ago

He retired as a Buc but he will go into the Hall as a Patriot. This Bucs fan can care less

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

Couldn’t care less* what you said means you care more

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

Well of course we care! But just what can we do? It’s only right. Tom Brady was made in Foxborough. There isn’t a Tom Brady story that didn’t originate there.

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 months ago

Thanks for the memories Brady. You gave the Bucs a Super Bowl win with the greatest offense the Bucs have ever had. Enjoy your well earned retirement!

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
4 months ago

Good for Brady! To Go out on Top is very rare for Great Players even Brett Farve waffled with the Vikes after losing that heartbreak in the championship game. Finding that On/Off switch can be tough. Way to go Brady!

Spitfire
Spitfire
4 months ago

We knew this day was coming. If it wasn’t this season it would be the next. Even though we only had the privilege of 2 years with him it’s still about the Saddest retirement we’ve had due to the fact that his presence at QB means automatically we stand a better chance of winning any game than losing. It doesn’t mean we won’t win next year though. We had 2 incredible seasons and can build off of that. We still have tons of young talent. We do not need to rebuild, what this does for us though could be a… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
4 months ago

He said he wants to be invited to the next boat parade. I say the city of Tampa, and the Buc organization throw him a good bye one.

danielob
danielob
Reply to  surferdudes
4 months ago

Excellent idea! I hope it catches on, that would be great!

pomer1eau
pomer1eau
4 months ago

I grew up and live an hour from Boston and as a Bucs fan since the early 90s, I had to endure the two decade tirade of Tom and Bill amongst obnoxious Pat fans which made me really not like Tom. Then he came to Tampa and lead a winning culture back to Tampa that has been gone since the first Super Bowl. He is the GOAT and us Buc fans are very grateful for his contributions and leadership. Thanks for bringing hope back to the Bucs!

Buc76
Buc76
4 months ago

super bowl win in the most dominating fashion of his career in our stadium. NFC championship in Green Bay, 5 post season wins and a division title. He did it all. He did in 2 years what took 20 years before. Always part of Tampa sports history

bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

Thanks for the memories Tom! Well wishes in ur next life.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
4 months ago

Good luck to the greatest to ever do it. What he brought to this team and to us fans the last 2 years is something you can’t put a price on. And now this team is at a big crossroads. We have some really good talent and youth, but you’re going to see n exodus of quite a few vets this year leaving holes at key spots. Not to mention the now gaping hole at QB. ME personally, I say bring a vet in and let Trask have a shot. I know some of you just can’t stand the guy… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

The greatest 2 years of Buccaneer football in the team’s history! What a ride boys! What a ride!

twistedwires73
twistedwires73
4 months ago

Congrats Tom. Thanks for the ride over the past two seasons. You were the perfect last piece to the puzzle the team needed to bring the Lombardi trophy back to TB. This season didn’t end up the same, but not because of you Tom. Injuries and some bad luck did us in, but it was a great season nonetheless. To my fellow Bucs fans. My initial reaction was the same as many of yours. Oh no! We’re going to suck again. But that’s not how I choose to continue to feel about this. Being a Bucs fan is so much… Read more »

Horse
Horse
4 months ago

Thank you Tom for everything you have done for us. Great respect for you. Go Bucs!

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
4 months ago

it seemed like a fairytale. Tom Brady to the Bucs? A Lombardi trophy hosted in Tampa. 13-4 in an injury riddled season full of adversity trying to repeat. Another comeback, from 27-3. I was sad thinking about no Brady in Tampa or football. But we should be glad we experienced all of it and for him. Even in the struggles, it was dreamy.

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
4 months ago

Rewind to 2020. Lots of uncertainty. It worked out pretty good. Mourn the loss of Brady and have faith the organization learned a lot and will use it moving forward.

Dude
Dude
4 months ago

Surprising that he does not mention the Pats, or anyone in that organization at all in his farewell tweets. Oh well, I guess this is what happens after you experience a Bucs life. As a Bucs fan, the ‘Brady Experience’ was a fun trip. When Brady first came here, he said he was going to bring a Superbowl to Tampa Bay and that he would play two years, he did both, and almost brought two SB’s here. While I’m sad it’s over, and went by so quickly, I’m very glad to have experienced it. It’ll be interesting to see if… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 months ago

Tom Brady was a huge addition to our favorite team’s success and history that will never be forgotten. We always knew he would not be a long time answer at the most important position on any NFL team – we just didn’t know how long it would be. Now we know. So obviously, the Bucs need to find or settle on a new starting quarterback. Few fans seem to be convinced that Gabbert is the starting quarterback we need. Trask might be, but even if he is the right guy, he’s had zero snaps in a game that counts, so… Read more »

twistedwires73
twistedwires73
4 months ago

It’s kind of cool to think that the answer to the trivia question, “Who caught Tom Brady’s last career TD Pass,” will forever be, Mike Evans. Not only was it Tom’s final TD pass, it was truly a thing of beauty. Look at it in its context. It was the 4th quarter of a tough playoff game, the Bucs were down by 14, Tom had been hit, harassed, and sacked all day, yet he stood in the pocket and dropped a dime on a 52 yard pass. He hit Mike Evans in stride against the Rams best DB in really… Read more »

Spruce
Spruce
4 months ago

What a soap opera. The news reports from respected sports reporters. Push back from the team and father saying nothing has been decided. The agents comments indicating only Brady would decide and yesterday Brady talking about a process not completed. Wakes up and he decided apparently he will retire.
Or he took so much abuse for being drama queen nationally it was pretty clear his reputation was about to be sullied by a waffling and indecisive, start and stop exit.

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
Reply to  Spruce
4 months ago

Giselle said one more year last year. It was just a matter of timing to release it.

Spruce
Spruce
4 months ago

No mention of the Patriots in the exit speech. Ouch!.. Does that mean he’ll go into the Hall of Fame a Buc? This Pats fan thinks he should do whatever he is comfortable with. If in the end he identifies with the two year run with Tampa Bay and the book is closed on the Patriots stint then by all means Bucs it is.
A GOAT should get to do whatever the GOAT wants because in many respects he was bigger then the teams he helped make successful.

twspin
twspin
4 months ago

I’m glad Brady went out under his own terms in relatively decent health. Buc fans wanted him to stay risking injury. The man was smart. Enjoy your retirement, Tom. And Thanks for the SB.. Its gonna be a while before we get another one

scubog
scubog
4 months ago

OK kids, the fun is over, jump back into the cesspool you love so much! Good grief! I’m convinced some of you are much more content if you can dig up any morsel to justify your seeming desire for the team to “suck”. Of course Brady brought stability and made the team believe in itself. Still, goodness knows, there were times when even the GOAT was less than perfect. There are 53 players on the roster who contributed to the success we all enjoyed……………….not just one and everyone else “sucked”. As my friend Pinkstob astutely pointed out, let’s at least… Read more »