There’s a rumor going around that Tom Brady, without a doubt one of, if not the, greatest quarterback in NFL history, is getting ready to retire after 22 years of professional football. Though the retirement has yet to be officially announced, many insiders within the NFL have said that announcement is forthcoming. Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and has won the league’s MVP title three times.
Brady’s agent, Don Yee, shared a statement that Brady himself “will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy”. Nevertheless, the likelihood of Brady’s imminent retirement is all but certain. Despite this, Michael Silver, a reporter for the NFL, reports that Brady has spoken to Buccanneers General Manager Jason Licht and has said he is yet to make a final decision.
However, on his “Let’s Go” podcast, Brady revealed that the decision was about more than just his own desire to keep playing football.
“As I’ve gotten older, I think the best part is, football is extremely important to my life. It means a lot to me. I care a lot about what we’re trying to accomplish as a team, and I care a lot about my teammates,” Brady said.
“The biggest difference now that I’m older is I have kids now too. And I care about them a lot as well. They’ve been my biggest supporters. My wife has been my biggest supporter. It pains her to see me get hit out there, and she deserves what she needs from me as a husband, and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad.
“I’m going to spend some time with them and give them what they need because they’ve really been giving me what I need the last six months to do what I love to do.”
ESPN reports that Buccaneers coaches and executives have been getting ready for Brady’s retirement, many believing that Brady knew last Sunday’s game would be his last.