After NFL insider Adam Schefter announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was officially retiring from the NFL, it set off a firestorm of people including Tom’s agent, Tom’s dad, and the Bucs coach Bruce Arians saying… “not so fast.”
However, this morning Tom Brady himself has broken his silence and has officially announced his retirement 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.
He made the announcement this morning on Twitter and Instagram:
“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 to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”