March 13 update: Well, Brady didn’t take long to un-retire. The QB announced on Twitter that he’ll return to the Bucs in 2022 for his 23rd NFL season.
These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 13, 2022
February 1 update: Tom Brady has made his retirement official. He posted on various social media channels that he can no longer make the “all-in” commitment and thus has decided to retire from professional football.
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport has joined the Brady news sweepstakes. The NFL Network insider says Brady still intends to retire and pushback on the announcement has more to do with timing than the quarterback’s actual decision.
As Rapoport noted, the timing of the decision might be important for Brady other than controlling the narrative.
FWIW: $15M of Tom Brady’s $20M signing bonus from last March is set to be paid out February 4th, 2022. Seems like something a guy or gal would want to have process before making any life changing career decisions official.— Spotrac (@spotrac) January 29, 2022
UPDATE: To quote Lee Corso, not so fast, my friends! Mike Silver is reporting (and Rick Stroud has confirmed) Brady has reached out to Bucs GM Jason Licht and told him he has not yet made a final retirement decision.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL after 22 seasons. Brady won seven Super Bowls over the course of his career with the Bucs (1) and Patriots (6). He is the only QB to win seven Super Bowl titles and retires as the best to play the position. The 3-time regular-season MVP also won SB MVP five times and was a 15-time pro-bowler. Brady might as well be enshrined in the football Hall of Fame in Canton right now.
The Hall of Famer began his career with the New England Patriots as a sixth-round pick sitting behind star quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Brady entered the mix once Mo Lewis hit Bledsoe in the 2001 season, and that was that. The Michigan product went on to win six Super Bowls with the Patriots before ultimately leaving for Tampa Bay. He won a Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers, leading the franchise to a win in its own stadium. The Bucs fell short this season against the Los Angeles Rams, with Brady’s furious comeback coming up short as Matthew Stafford set up the game-winning field goal for LA in the final seconds.