CORRECTION: Tom Brady’s FATHER Clarifies That His Son Has Not Retired

CORRECTION: Tom Brady’s FATHER Clarifies That His Son Has Not Retired

EDITOR’S NOTE:

As of Saturday afternoon, 4:38 p.m., the story has changed regarding Tom Brady’s NFL career.

ORIGINAL POST:

The greatest career in the history of professional football is coming to a close. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tom Brady has announced his retirement from the NFL after 22 seasons.

He declared last year that his ultimate objective was to continue playing football until he was 45 years old. The 44-year-old quarterback had one year remaining on his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time of his statement. Brady, on the other hand, said after the Buccaneers’ divisional-round defeat to the Los Angeles Rams that he would consider his future and put his family first before choosing whether or not to return to the team in 2022.

Brady had a famous NFL career that included stops with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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In 2000, the New England Patriots selected him as the 199th overall pick out of Michigan. Despite only attempting three passes as a rookie, Brady was elevated to the starting lineup in 2001 and, together with head coach Bill Belichick, helped the Patriots establish themselves as the most powerful dynasty in NFL history. The Patriots, who won Super Bowl XXXVI in Brady’s debut season as quarterback, won three Lombardi Trophies from 2001 through 2004 under Brady’s leadership.

In his 17 seasons as quarterback of the Patriots, Brady has guided the team to 13 AFC Championship Games, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl victories. He was forced to miss the most of the 2008 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

His 2007 season is widely recognized as one of the best ever. Brady led the Patriots to the NFL’s first-ever 16-0 regular season while also topping the league in total offense with 4,806 yards and a then-record 50 touchdowns in a single season. The New England Patriots advanced to Super Bowl XLII that season, but were unable to complete a perfect season after suffering a surprise defeat to the New York Giants in the championship game.

In the Super Bowl, only two teams managed to defeat Brady. The New York Giants have beaten the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl twice (in 2008 and 2012), while the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Brady’s 20-year career with New England came to an end in March 2020 when he elected not to re-sign with the team. The three-time NFL MVP then signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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GOAT quarterback Cam Newton led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a win in Super Bowl LV, the team’s first title since the 2002 season, and was voted Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career. He has the distinction of being the first player in NFL history to earn the Super Bowl MVP award for two separate teams.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to New England in Week 4 of the 2021 season and defeated the Patriots to become just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to defeat all 32 clubs (after Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees).

With the Buccaneers, Brady had a 24-9 regular-season record and threw at least 40 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career during his two seasons with the team. In 2021, he finished first in the NFL in completions (485), passing yards (5,316), and touchdowns (43) while helping Tampa Bay in winning its first division championship since 2007.

As the seven-time Super Bowl winner and all-time leading passer in NFL history, he retires as the league’s all-time leader in passing attempts (11.317), completions (7.263), yards (84,520), touchdowns (624), and victories (243). In addition, he owns all of those marks – as well as several more – throughout the playoffs.

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Aside from that, Brady has been selected to a league-high 15 Pro Bowls and has been named Comeback Player of the Year once (in 2009).

A total of 90 different players caught at least one regular-season touchdown pass from him during his career, with tight end Rob Gronkowski leading the record with 90 touchdown catches.

 

 

 

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