Tom Brady Retires after 22 Seasons in the NFL

 by Tom MarinoFebruary 1, 2022

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady announced on Tuesday, February 1, that he has played his last game in the National Football League and will retire after 22 years in the league, at age 44.

Brady last played on Sunday, January 23, in the NFC Divisional round, where the Buccaneers lost 30-27, on a game-winning field goal by Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay.

News about Brady's retirement broke on Saturday when ESPN's Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter cited unnamed reporting that Brady would retire. Later on Saturday, the AP reported that their unnamed sources claim Brady told the Buccaneers he hadn't decided on his future yet.

The speculation ended on Tuesday when Brady released a statement through his social media accounts.

Brady played his final two seasons in Tampa Bay after 20 with the New England Patriots. While in New England, Brady was part of six Super Bowl champion teams : 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017 and 2019. He won a seventh title in his first year in Tampa Bay in 2021. He won Super Bowl MVP in five of those championship games.

In his final season for the Buccaneers, Brady led all NFL quarterbacks in the regular season with 5,316 passing yards, a carer high, and 43 touchdowns , his second highest single-season total, for the Buccaneers. Brady is the all-time leader in both categories with 84,520 yards passing and 624 touchdown passes.

Image Credit: All-Pro Reels, Tom Brady (50831667973), CC BY-SA 2.0

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