“7 Super Bowl Rings. 5 Super Bowl MVPs. 3 League MVP Awards. 22 Incredible Seasons. Thank you for it all, @TomBrady,” TB12sports tweet read.
The announcement comes a week after the Bucs were knocked out of the race for the Super Bowl by the Los Angeles Rams. Brady had led them to the ultimate title last year. The QB led the NFL 2021-22 in yards passing (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719).
While there is no particular reason behind his decision, Brady had cited a desire to spend more time with his wife and children despite still playing at the top of his game.
Sources, as per ESPN reports, also said that health is a major factor in the decision. “Brady also recognizes that the Buccaneers are likely to undergo significant roster turnover,” the report adds.
Tom Brady, himself, is yet to confirm his retirement. His agent, Don Yee, said, “I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”
Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots in 20 seasons playing for coach Bill Belichick. He joined the Buccaneers in 2020 and led them to the second Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Brady leaves the games as the career leader in yards passing (84,520) and TDs (624). He’s the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and was MVP of the game five times.
With inputs from the Associated Press