Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made the announcement in a moving video that was uploaded to his social media accounts. Brady announced his retirement after the Buccaneers’ defeat to the Los Angeles Rams exactly one year ago on the same day. He “unretired” just over a month after that.
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However, it appears that he has given up playing football this time. Similar to last year, few predicted it. Instead, everybody was getting ready for his significant free agency choice.
Here’s what Tom Brady said in his retirement video:
“Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring, for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I just press record, let you guys know first, so I won’t be long-winded. I think you only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year.”
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
The biggest news in recent NFL history was revealed by Adam Schefter on February 1, 2022- the storied quarterback and potential first-ballot Hall of Famer was retiring.
At 9:36 PM EST, Schefter, who is notorious for breaking news quickly to grab the scoop, tweeted the retirement news.
Tom Brady announces he’s retiring.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2023
Unfortunately, Brady’s preparations were derailed by that. Just three minutes later, at 9:39 PM EST, Brady made a long retirement announcement on his own website.
Brady’s letter was significantly longer and more intimate than Schefter’s generic retirement announcement. He tweeted to his supporters, the football game, and everyone else in eight screenshots.
“So, I really thank you, guys, so much to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors … I could go on forever. There’s too many. Thank you, guys, for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all,” he said.
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After the quarterback announced his retirement, many fans trolled Adam Schefter for his false-alarm announcement last season. Here’s how they reacted on social media:
I’ll give it 12 minutes before he comes back.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 1, 2023
He said it the same day last year!
— 𝒞 𝒜 𝒮 ℋ 🏍💨💨 (@40baggz) February 1, 2023
There is much conjecture as to why Brady’s retirement didn’t last, but one widely accepted belief is that Schefter was to blame.
Naa you announced his retirement on feb 1st 2022. One the reason I believe Brady came back cause he wanted to go out on his own term and not coming out of you first. Which he did today
— MO (@MoAtl23) February 1, 2023
Brady would have preferred to make the announcement on his own terms. He may have elected to play another season or two when Schefter announced it first so he could truly make the announcement later. But that is only a theory.