Legendary quarterback Tom Brady has announced his retirement from the National Football League after a hugely successful 22-year professional career in the division, sources have revealed.
The 44-year-old quarterback started his NFL career in 2000 with the New England Patriots after he was the 199th overall pick in the draft that year.
Tom Brady was undecided about his retirement after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers side lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional playoff game last week, but it has been revealed that he has taken the decision based on his health and family.
“It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family,” he said when asked about his retirement plans earlier this week. “And I’m going to spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.”
Tom Brady retires after 22 years and seven Super Bowl rings, more than any other player or team in the NFL history. The quarterback is a three-time NFL MVP, five-time Super Bowl MVP, 15-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year and a member of the past two All-Decade teams and the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
He piled up a number of career records such as most touchdown passes (624) and most passing yards (84,250) in his 22 seasons in the division. He also had the most career wins with 243 in his time as a professional.
Tom Brady was part of the New England Patriots for the first 20 years of his career until he moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won the Super Bowl in his first season. He appeared in 10 Super Bowl games in his career, the most of any player in the history of the NFL. The quarterback is widely regarded as the greatest ever in NFL history by many.