The NFL confirmed this Saturday that Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is retiring after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl wins that make him the biggest winner in league history.
“The seven-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, retires after 22 seasons in the NFL,” was the message that the NFL shared through its social networks.
Tom Brady, played 10 times for the league championship, had seven wins and three losses. Among his records, he holds the most times selected to the Pro Bowl with 15, five times Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and three times of the season.
The quarterback was selected in 2000 in the fifth round in 199th place by the Patriots and two years later he lifted his first Vince Lombardi trophy.
Brady, 44, broke the comparison of achievements with the rest of the NFL passers to such a degree that he had to begin to be measured with the most powerful franchises in the league, which he also surpassed.
The owner of jersey number 12 won seven Super Bowls, one more than the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers who have six and participated in 10 games for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Born in San Mateo, California, his childhood idol was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, the second with the most Super Bowls won with four along with Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His last game was a 30-27 loss to Tampa Bay in the NFC divisional round, and even though he had one year left on his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he decided to say goodbye.
“The biggest difference is that now that I’m older, I have children, I worry about them. My wife, my greatest support, it hurts her to see me being beaten and she and my children need me,” he declared last week in a message in which he revealed the decision that he now confirmed.
Tom Brady finished the 2021 season as the number one passer in yards with 5,316 and with the most touchdowns, 43. He also closed his participation in the playoffs with 86 touchdown passes in his career, another league record.
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NFL confirms Tom Brady’s retirement after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowls