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01st Feb 2022

Tom Brady makes notable exclusion in his emotional retirement message

Daniel Brown

Tom Brady retirement

Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion

NFL legend Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement from the sport after 22 seasons in the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback – a seven-time Super Bowl champion – has called time on his football career.

Brady announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon.

Tom Brady retirement

Tom Brady announces NFL retirement.

The 44-year-old spent the first 20 years of his career at New England Patriots, before moving to the Bucs in March 2020. Brady had previously stated that he was keen to play until he was 45 – which he would’ve achieved if he’d had played until his birthday in August.

However, following intense speculation over the weekend, Brady has announced his retirement from the NFL on Instagram. The NFL announced that the legendary quarterback was retiring after an incredibly successful career on Saturday, but Brady has now confirmed the news himself.

In the lengthy retirement statement, Brady thanked the Bucs owners the Glazer family, the staff at the NFL team and his teammates. He also pays tribute to his parents and family for their support.

There is no mention, however, of The New England Patriots, where Brady won six Super Bowls, or Bill Belichick, his former Patriots coach, in the statement.

“My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors and fans deserve 100% of me,” Brady wrote. “But right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”

Brady retires as a five-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time NFL MVP, 15-time Pro Bowl, six-time All Pro, the NFL’s all-time passing TD leader and the NFL’s all passing yard leader.

You can read the statement on Brady’s Instagram post below.