At the age of 45, and after 23 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and seven SuperBowls won, the legendary North American quarterback Tom Brady announced this Wednesday that this time, there is no turning back: he is leaving “for good definitely», he promised, in a publication shared on his page on the social network Twitter.
“I’ll get straight to the point: now it’s time, I’m leaving. I know it was a bit confusing the last time I wanted to do this, but when I woke up this morning, I just wanted to hit the ‘record’ button and tell you [aos fãs e ao mundo] my decision. I knew from my previous return that it wouldn’t last long anyway. We are only entitled to one emotional career retreat, and I already wasted mine in 2022», wrote Tom Brady, who in December made his divorce from Gisele Bundchen official, after 13 years of life together, and two children.
“Thank you all for letting me live my lifelong dream. Nothing would change», said the former player of the New England Patriots (for which he won the SuperBowl six times) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (one more SuperBowl), who in February 2022 announced his withdrawal on a provisional basis… but he still had one more season in contract with the Tampa Bay team.
Three years named the MVP (Best Player) of the NFL, Brady set several records, including the most passing yards (89,214) during the regular season and passes for rehearsal, or ‘touchdown’ (649), which in football we are used to assigning assists. He retires as the professional with the most wins in the NFL: 251.
“The greatest ever”, reacted the NFL itself, in a statement released on the organization’s Twitter, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also on their pages on social networks, were synthetic in their thanks: “Thank you, Tom”.
Only the 199th pick of the ‘draft’ (proportion of players by clubs) by the New England Patriots – and chosen only in the sixth round of consultation with NFL clubs, then – Tom Brady became a legend for his 20-year career in the Patriots, which he left in 2020 as a free agent, signing for the Buccaneers, which he led to the title in 2021.
See Tom Brady’s farewell tweet:
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— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023