It’s over. Kind of, sort of, we think.
At least that’s what ESPN is reporting, saying their sources confirmed that Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL after 22 glorious seasons that saw him win seven Super Bowls, and he will exit as the holder of dozens of NFL records, most that will never be broken.
Instead of trying to win the Super Bowl for the eighth time, he will be writing a retirement speech for the first time.
At the age of 44, in the most recent 2021 season, Brady led the NFL in passing yards and touchdown passes. He leaves the game playing as well as he ever has.
Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, is not exactly a soft-spoken wallflower. She’s a powerhouse herself, and word is she was being very clear that she wants Tom home and helping with the kids.
All signs had pointed to Brady playing at the age of 45 next season, but as reporters read between the lines now and dissect his quotes, it looked more and more like he was leaning towards being a former player after his season ended last week against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
Here’s a recent quote from Brady he told the Tampa Bay Times.
“I said this a few years ago; it’s what relationships are all about, It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family. And I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next. It pains [my wife, Gisele] 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.”
Brady leaves the game with 84,520 passing yards and 624 touchdown passes.
Tom Brady driving carpool instead of leading touchdown drives in 2022? It doesn’t seem what Brady would want to do, but it looks like he’s decided to be a team player in his own house.
Next stop; Canton, Ohio. (Or a one-season farewell tour with the Bucs if he changes his mind or gets a hall pass from Gisele.)