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Report: Brady is retiring after 22 seasons, 7 Super Bowl titles

The greatest career in pro football history is coming to an end.

Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington.

The 44-year-old quarterback, who still had a year left on his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said last year that his ultimate goal was to play until age 45. Brady, however, called after the divisional-round loss. The Angels Rams said he would make his family a priority when he decided to move back to Tampa Bay in 2022.

According to Shafter and Darlington, several factors, including family and health, are behind Brady’s decision to retire. He also reportedly believes that the Buccaneers could undergo significant roster turnover after returning all their starters for the 2021 season.

Brady posted an illustrious career with the New England Patriots and Buccaneers.

New England drafted him 199th overall from Michigan in 2000. After attempting only three passes as a rookie, Brady became a starter in 2001 and, along with head coach Bill Belichick, helped the Patriots build the most influential dynasty in NFL history. The Pats, who won Super Bowl XXXVI in Brady’s first year under center, won three Lombardi trophies from 2001–04.

Brady led the Patriots to 17 AFC East titles, 13 AFC Championship games, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles. He essentially missed the entire 2008 campaign after suffering a torn ACL in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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His 2007 season is considered to be the greatest of all time. Brady guided the Patriots to the NFL’s first 16–0 regular season, while leading the league with 4,806 yards and a single-season record 50 touchdowns. New England reached Super Bowl XLII in that campaign, but failed to achieve a perfect season after suffering a shock defeat to the New York Giants.

Only two teams beat Brady in the Super Bowl. The Giants upset the Patriots in the big game twice (2008, 2012) and the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII.

Brady’s 20-year tenure in New England ended in March 2020 when he decided not to sign again. The three-time NFL MVP then joined the Buccaneers in free agency.

The Goat led Tampa Bay to Super Bowl LV—the Bucks’ first championship win since the 2002 season—and was named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time. He is the only player in NFL history to win the Super Bowl MVP award for two different franchises.

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Brady moved back to New England in Week 4 of the 2021 season, defeating the Patriots to become only the fourth quarterback to defeat all 32 NFL teams (after Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees).

In two years with the Buccaneers, Brady posted a 24-9 regular-season record and for the first time in his career tossed at least 40 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. He led the NFL with 485 completions, 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns in 2021, while helping Tampa Bay to their first division title since 2007.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion hung his cleats as the NFL’s all-time passing leader in attempts (11,317), completions (7,263), yards (84,520), touchdowns (624), and wins (243). He also keeps all those records – among many others – in the postseason.

Brady also has a record 15 Pro Bowl selections and a Comeback Player of the Year award (2009) under his belt.

He tossed at least one regular-season touchdown to 90 different players throughout his career, with Rob Gronkowski topping the list in 90 TD receptions.

What lies ahead for the Buccaneers at quarterback is unclear. The defending Super Bowl champions currently have long-time backup Blaine Gabert and second-round rookie Kyle Trask on the depth chart.

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