Tom Brady retires from football after 23 seasons

Jude Papillion, Editor-in-Chief

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady retired from football after spending 20 seasons in New England and three in Tampa Bay. (Will Embree)

NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from football on social media Wednesday morning after competing for 23 seasons as a professional. Widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time, Brady amassed seven Super Bowl championships — more than any individual NFL franchise — after winning six Lombardi Trophies in New England and another in Tampa Bay.

The sixth-round draft selection from the University of Michigan was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times, Super Bowl MVP five times and was selected to the Pro Bowl 15 times over the course of his career. Brady is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards with 89,214 and holds numerous other NFL records including most career passing touchdowns at 649, pass attempts, completions and quarterback wins

Brady’s announcement comes exactly one year after he originally announced his retirement following last season. He subsequently announced that he would return to Tampa Bay for the 2022-23 season. The Buccaneers finished 8-9 in the regular season before falling to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL playoffs; however, as the oldest player in the NFL at 45, Brady finished third in the league in total passing yards this season with 4,694 and scored 25 touchdowns. 

This time, Brady says his retirement is “for good.” 

In May 2022, Brady signed a 10-year, $375 million deal to become Fox Sports’ lead NFL analyst upon his retirement — the most valuable contract in the history of sports broadcasting. 

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