Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who played for New England and Tampa, has announced his retirement.
Brady, the most successful quarterback in NFL history and one of the finest athletes in team sports, issued the news on social media early Wednesday morning in the form of a one-minute video.
“Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away,” Brady says as the message begins.
“I’m retiring. For good.”
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” he said.
After the 2021 season, he briefly retired, but ultimately returned for one more year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I won’t be long-winded; you only get one super-emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year, so.
“I really thank you guys so much, to every single one of you, for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever; there’s too many.
“Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”
He quits at the age of 45, having set multiple passing records over the course of an incredible 23-year career.