Tom Brady Announces He’s Retiring ‘For Good,’ 1 Year After Retiring For Good

Tom Brady has announced that he’s retiring “for good” this time, roughly a year after he made his first retirement announcement. At the beginning of 2022, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player said he was done with the NFL and the game of football. However, he reneged on that two months later. Now, he’s leaving the game again — and this time it’s going to stick, according to a video he posted on Instagram.

To be fair, Brady’s gameplay has been consistently solid. During the 2022 season, he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, throwing 4,694 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. That’s pretty impressive. However, that didn’t translate to a lot of wins for his team, with the Buccaneers ending the season with a 9-8 record. This somewhat underwhelming result led many to wonder if Tom Brady would decide retiring was a good idea after all.

Is Tom Brady actually retiring this time?

According to his announcement video, yes. The 45-year-old said he was coming to social media before the press this time around to share his decision.

“I’m retiring. For good. 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 in the emotional clip.

“It 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, 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.”

Brady was initially drafted to the New England Patriots in 2000. Since then, he has played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Tennessee Titans. He leaves the league with plenty of accolades, including five Super Bowl MVP awards, 14 Pro Bowl selections, and seven Super Bowl Titles. Not too shabby.

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