By: Jacob Walsh
This past weekend news broke that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is heavily rumored to be retiring from the NFL.
This comes as a shock because the quarterback has expressed his interest in competing well into his late 40’s. The 44-year-old Brady is well known in the sports world, quarterbacking the New England Patriots for 20 out of his 22 seasons. Brady has also made 10 Super Bowl appearances and has won 7 of those games, holding more titles than any other NFL Franchise let alone another player. Tom Brady has also set multiple passing records in his position throughout his career.
Sources said that Tom’s decision is based on several factors, including family and health. Brady could also be recognizing that the Buccaneers are likely to undergo significant roster changes.
Tom Brady himself has not come out with a statement and has stayed quiet. This could be due to the NFL’s conference championship games being played this weekend and Brady not wanting to upstage the momentous event. He could also not be talking because he still has not made the decision and doesn’t want to give the media any more attention.
Brady’s agent however did release a statement “I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future,” Yee said in a statement. “Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”
The father of the Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady Sr., has also said “Tommy has made no such determination…regarding his playing future”.
If this in fact it for Brady, he has built up a pretty good resume; seven Super Bowl championships, along with five Super Bowl MVPs. Also, setting records such as most touchdown passes (624) and most passing yards (84,250) in his 22 seasons.
Brady would join the future hall of fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the second QB to retire this season. Roethlisberger retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers this past week, leaving the team with all of their quarterback records and two Super Bowl titles. Roethlisberger also is very high in NFL’s quarterback record book. It is no doubt the to will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio as first-ballot Hall of Famers.
Though it has not been specified to be the end of Brady’s career, all signs point towards it. Brady likely played his final game in a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, where Brady almost made another signature comeback.
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