Tom Brady fans woke up on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 29 to unexpected news. After 22 seasons in the NFL, Brady was rumored to retire soon. Following Brady’s current team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, not making the 2022 Super Bowl, news started to filter out that Brady was considering retirement. At 46-years-old, Brady remained one of the oldest players currently in the NFL.
At first, the retirement was not confirmed. Information was coming from indirect sources rather than from Brady himself. ESPN posted an article on Saturday introducing the idea that Brady was in fact retiring, but there was no direct quote to confirm the rumor. According to the article, his reasons for retirement were related to family and health. Because football can be detrimental to a player’s health, both physically and mentally, it is unsurprising that Brady would choose to put his health first.
Flash forward to Tuesday, Feb. 1, Brady posts confirmation of his retirement on Instagram, writing, “I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
As of now, Brady claims that he needs to focus his energy on things that mean the most to him. Despite football being his career and dominant time investment, it would have eventually come to an inevitable end, whether it be because of age or other priorities.
Brady spent 20 years with the New England Patriots before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. The Buccaneers coach, Bruce Arians congratulated Brady and mentioned how it was an honor to have coached him throughout the past two years.
Brady’s NFL career was long and impressive, to say the least. Tweet us, @VALLEYmag, with your thoughts on Brady’s retirement.