After three days of reporting, speculation, and general chaos, the man himself has made it official. Tom Brady announced in a lengthy statement on his Instagram page that he’s retiring from pro football after 22 seasons.
“I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition – if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game,” Brady’s statement began. “This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore.”
Brady went on to thank his Bucs teammates, as well as the fans, the city of Tampa, Bucs ownership, GM Jason Licht, and all of the Tampa Bay coaches. He specifically thanked Bucs head coach Bruce Arians for “putting up with me!” and credited him for guiding the team to success with his “experience, intuition, and wisdom.”
He also thanked Bucs staffers, his longtime trainer Alex Guerrero, agents Don Yee and Steve Dubin, his parents, and his family. There was no mention of the Patriots or anyone within the organization.
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