Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, considered the best player in NFL history, announced Tuesday his retirement after 22 seasons through a letter he posted on his Instagram account.
“I have reflected and I have asked myself difficult questions, I believe that the fans deserve the cinema for a hundred of me, but at this time it is better that I leave the field of play to the next generation of committed players,” Brady wrote as a farewell.
On Monday, he said he had not yet made a final decision on whether or not he would continue another season with Tampa Bay.
“I’ll know when the time is right. There’s a lot of interest in when I’m going to stop playing. I understand. When I know, I’ll know; when I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m not going to rush to a conclusion on that.” , he explained through his podcast “Let’s Go”.
A few hours later, Brady shared with his followers the letter in which he explains his reasons for saying goodbye.
“I loved my career in the NFL and now is the time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention,” he said.
In his farewell, the owner of jersey number 12 fondly recalled his two seasons with the Buccaneers, a team with which he won his seventh Super Bowl. The other six he got with the New England Patriots.
“To my teammates on the Bucs over the last two years, I love you, I’ve loved going into battle with them. It’s been a profound challenge, it inspired me to wake up every day and do my best. I couldn’t be happier.” with what we achieved together,” he wrote.
Speculation about Tom Brady’s retirement began Saturday when multiple sources announced it, prompting NFL stars and the league itself to pour out farewell messages and tributes to the quarterback.
Hours later, his agent Don Yee wanted to clarify the situation: “Tom will be the only person who expresses his plans with total precision, something that should happen soon.”
Brady fueled the hopes of NFL fans to see him play another season with the message he gave through his podcast on Monday, but they were dashed on Tuesday with the letter announcing his retirement.
His last game was the one that Tampa Bay lost in the NFC 30-27 against the Rams a couple of weeks ago.
Tom Brady, fifteen times ‘Pro Bowl’ (NFL record), finished the 2021 season as number one in yards with 5,316 and with the most touchdowns, 43. In addition, he closed his participation in the ‘play-offs’ with 86 passing passes. scoring in his career, another league mark.
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