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 – 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 – 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.