Didn’t we type this last year?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quarterback, Tom Brady, announced on his social media that he is retiring as an active player. Brady made the same announcement last year, only to recant weeks after, but following Tampa’s first round playoff bounce, this seems like it will stick.
Arriving as a sixth rounder from Michigan in 2000, Brady took over as the Patriots’ starting Quarterback early the season after following the injury to the incumbent QB, Drew Bledsoe. Brady would go to the Pro Bowl, and take New England to their first Super Bowl win.
Over his nearly two-decade tenure as the Patriots' starting QB, he would not only win six Super Bowls but bring them to four others. With New England, Brady was a four-time Super Bowl MVP, Brady won three AP MVPs, and went to the Pro Bowl fourteen times, with three years as a First Team All-Pro.
Brady stunned the world when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving Bill Belichick behind, and leaving fans wondering if he could win without him. All doubters were proven wrong, with Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl and fifth Super Bowl MVPs, breaking his both of his existing records. After two more playoff years and a 15th Pro Bowl Selection in 2021, Brady’s career is now over.
Brady leaves the National Football League as the all-time leader in Approximate Value (326), Quarterback Wins (251), Pass Completions (7,753), Passing Yards (89,214), Touchdown Passes 649), Playoff Pass Completions (1,200), Playoff Passing Yards (13,450) and Playoff Touchdown Passes (89).
Brady is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2028, and will enter immediately on his first ballot. With T.J. Watt already retiring, we have a potentially loaded 2028 ballot.
We wish Tom Brady the best in his post-playing career, but he won’t need any luck from us, as he already has a multi-million dollar broadcasting job waiting for him.
Thank you, Tom.