The most successful quarterback in NFL history, Tom Brady, officially retired on Wednesday. He posted a video on his social media announcing his retirement for the final time from NFL. Making an emotional speech in his farewell video, he thanked his family, friends, teammates, competitors, and fans.

This is not the first time Brady, who dominated American football for years, has decided to leave the sport. Interestingly, Brady first bid farewell to the game about a year ago. He took a U-turn and returned to the game 40 days later.

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Tom Brady’s NFL career and double retirement

Brady was a seven-time Super Bowl champion. He also holds the record for career passing touchdowns(649) and passing yards(89,214). Brady is known for his exceptional record in about a fifth of total Super Bowl games ever.

Despite his legendary career, Brady had a losing record in the final season. The 45-year-old’s skills started to diminish, following which he announced his retirement leaving his fans emotional and shocked.

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After Brady’s first retirement a year ago, he returned to his position in Buccaneers 40 days later, citing some “unfinished business”. Afterward, he faced several issues in his final season as Tampa was weakened by injuries and Brady seemed affected by off-field issues.

In his retirement video posted on February 1, he said, “I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year.” It might have been the second retirement video that Brady made but the news of him leaving the NFL hit his fans as hard as it did the first time.

Tributes poured in and praises started filling up the social media space. Three-time NFL defensive player of the year, JJ Watt called Brady the “Greatest of all time”.