During the afternoon of yesterday came the announcement that was always going to arrive, but that nobody could know when: the quarterback Tom Brady, seven times champion of Super Bowl, there would be decided to retire from football after 22 years of race. The tributes, the recognitions and the debates about whether we are witnessing the greatest athlete of all time began to arrive. And then Brady himself appeared to stop everything and make it clear that his path is not over yet.
The first information came through ESPN and the NFL Network, and came a week after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team of the 44-year-old athlete, have fallen by 30 to 27 against Los Angeles Rams in the divisional playoffs, remaining no chance of defending the Super Bowl title which he got last year.
However, a few hours later it was Don Yee, his representative, who was in charge of clarifying that the Californian had not yet decided to leave the activity: “I understand that there are conjectures about Tom’s future. Without going into whether what is reported is correct or incorrect, Tom will be the only person who will express his plans in a totally reliable way.. He knows the realities of the football business and the planning schedule as well as anyone, which is why it should happen soon.”
In fact, as revealed by the Associated Press, it was Brady himself who communicated directly with Jason Licht, the general manager of the Florida franchise, to advise that your decision was not made yet.
At the time of the announcement of his supposed retirement, messages of tribute to the field marshal did not stop arriving. The NFL itself, on its Twitter account, wrote “Thank you Tom” next to the acronym “GOAT”, the initials in English for “The Greatest of All Time”. Thanks for all older brother, it was an honor, “the recipient also wrote on Twitter. Mike Evans, partner in Tampa.
Led by coach and mentor Bill Belichick, Brady led the New England Patriots for two extraordinary decades in which they garnered six Super Bowl titles. In 2020, the quarterback left the franchise of his life to join the Buccaneers, who were one of the weakest teams in the NFL and hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007. When few expected him back on top, Brady At the age of 43, he led the “Bucs” to a new Super Bowl title against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021.
With seven championships and 10 Super Bowl appearances, figures higher than those of any franchise in the NFL, Brady still led Tampa this season to a record of 13 wins and 4 losses in the regular phase. Brady’s dream of an eighth championship was dashed Sunday with a 30-27 divisional-round loss to the Rams, in which the quarterback was about to star in a new miraculous comeback after trailing 27-3 in the third quarter.
Brady had expressed a desire to retire to spend more time with his wife and children even though he was still at the top. This season led the NFL in passing yards (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719).
If he eventually ends up confirming his retirement in the coming days, Brady would leave the NFL with a total of three MVP awards (Most Valuable Player), 15 elections to the Pro Bowl (All-Star Game) and as the historical leader in passing yards.