The end of an era… one of the most dominant eras in NFL history.
Acceding to NFL insider Adam Schefter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is officially retiring from the NFL.
After 22 seasons, the 7-time Super Bowl champ, 5-time Super Bowl MVP, 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 15-time Pro Bowler, career leader in passing yards, touchdowns, completions, quarterback wins and more, is hanging up the cleats for good.
Drafted by the New England Patriots in the 6th Round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the University of Michigan alum is widely regarded as the greatest quarterback of all time.
After the Bucs loss to the Los Angeles Rams last weekend, Brady took to Instagram to thank the fans:
“I understand that at this stage in my career, there is going to be interest in my future whenever a season ends, but this week, all that is on my mind is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans that have supported us all year long.
This year has been incredibly rewarding personally and professionally and I am appreciative of everyone who worked their ass off to help our team achieve so much.
I always want to win, I think that’s pretty apparent by now, but that doesn’t mean I equate losing to failure, especially when you go out fighting the way we did.. There’s so much to appreciate in a season like this when you’re surrounded by a team that believes in each other, and plays for the people standing on either side of them.
I’ll spare you the Man in the Arena quote, but that feeling is something that I promise I’ll never take for granted. To everyone that was a part of it this year, thank you. I love you all!”