Bye Bye Brady

Tom Brady’s historic career comes to an end

Bye Bye Brady

After coming out of his 40-day retirement following the 2021-2022 NFL season, Tom Brady has announced his retirement once again via Twitter.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion announced his second retirement on Feb. 1, exactly one year after he originally retired last year. This time, however, Brady will be staying in retirement following a historic 23 seasons.

“I’ll get to the point right away, I’m retiring,” Brady said in the video. “For good.”

Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs for a third straight year, but suffered a 14-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round. The Bucs ended the regular season 8-9, which is only the second time Brady has finished under .500.

“I put it out on the field for 23 years and I’m super proud of what’s been accomplished,” Brady said on The Herd podcast. “I’m really excited for what’s ahead. I’ve loved my time in football, it’s absolutely an incredible love in my life, and it’s hard to make decisions like that, but it’s certainly the right time.”

Being picked 199th in the 2000 draft, Brady performed better than anyone could have imagined at the time. He holds over 15 records, including most passing touchdowns, game-winning drives, and Pro Bowl selections. Brady also broke his own record of most completions in a season, which he set just last year.

That’s just the mentality of toughness and the way that Tom played the game. He was tough as nails.

— Doug Flutie

“[You’re] out on the field playing until somebody rips you off that field,” former Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie told Fox News. “That’s just the mentality of toughness and the way that Tom played the game. He was tough as nails.”

Celebrities and athletes quickly responded to Brady’s retirement, filling the comment section of his post with caring words and an abundance of goat emojis.

“I’m getting teary-eyed watching this,” tennis star Serena Williams commented. “Sad to see you go. Welcome to the retirement world…. Again.”

Brady will remain in the football world as an NFL analyst for FOX, which will begin during the 2024 season. He will also be awaiting the 2028 Hall of Fame drawings, where he will likely be a first ballot inductee.

“I just love the guy so much and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him,” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in an interview. “Thank you for the time you gave us and everyone here in the New England region loves you and respects you and wants happiness for you in your life.”