‘Truly grateful on this day. Thank you’: Tom Brady announces he’s retiring from NFL, again

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) leaves the field after an NFL wild-card football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. The Dallas Cowboys won 31-14. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

TAMPA, Fla. (WLNE) — Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady said Wednesday morning that he is retiring after 23 years in the NFL.

Brady made the announcement in a video posted to social media that the 2022 season was his last.

“I’m retiring for good,” Brady said in the video.

“Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream, I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Brady.

This is the second time Brady said he was retiring. Last year, he announced after the 2021 season that he was done, but ultimately came back and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the 2022 NFC South Divisional title.

Fans in Foxborough say they are indifferent about the news, since he has been out of New England for a few years.

“It’s like, you’re already tugging with my emotions all these years so its kind of just like alright, good for you, good luck,” Kristen Surman said.

Brady will go down as the most successful quarterback in NFL history.

He was a seven time Super Bowl champion, winning the title six times with the New England Patriots.

“I wish him all the luck, he was a tremendous quarterback, certainly for the Patriots, and the Buccaneers, he had a great career, and I wish him all the luck,” Noka said to ABC6 in Foxborough.

Brady was a 15-time Pro Bowler and won the NFL MVP three times, all with the Patriots.

He is the record holder in numerous categories including passing yards, passing touchdown and quarterback wins.

The 23-year NFL veteran spent 20 of his season in New England, before playing the final three seasons with the Bucs.

“I think I’ve been on the record dozens of times saying there’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady, and I still feel that way,” Bill Belichick said in 2021.

Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen finalized their divorce this past fall, during the Bucs’ season. It ended a 13-year marriage between two superstars who respectively reached the pinnacles of football and fashion.

Famously underrated coming into the NFL — he was picked 199th in the 2000 draft by the Patriots, behind six other quarterbacks, three kickers and a punter.

Fans in Foxborough also told ABC6, they hope the only reason he comes out of retirement again is to sign with the Patriots for a day, to retire where it all started.

“Personally, I would have paid him till he was 50 years old to stay here, like he’s done so much, so I’d love to see him officially retire as a Patriot, that would be awesome,” Surman said.
“He spent what, all but three years here, and then that’s the way he should go out, as a New England Patriot,” Noka added.

Brady is expected to transition to the booth as it was announced last year he signed a 10-year, $375 million deal with FOX Sports to call games for the network after his was done with his on-field career.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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