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Tom Brady poised to retire from football: reactions from NFL | Live updates

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 03, 2021, Tom Brady, #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, looks on before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. - Seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom

Tom Brady reportedly retiring from NFL: live updates

Tom Brady retirement reports: headlines

- ESPN reported on Saturday that Tom Brady is to retire after 22 seasons in the NFL

- However, there are also reports that the 44-year-old hasn't made a decision over his future

- Quaterback's agent: "Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy"

- Brady would walk away with the most prolific career in NFL history: a seven-time Super Bowl champion, three-time NFL MVP and five-time Super Bowl MVP

- Brady was named in the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team, the 2010s All-Decade Team and the NFL's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team


Brady watches on during the New England Patriots' AFC Divisional Round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Foxborough, January 2008. That season, the Patriots ending up losing Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants.


Online petition urges Brady not to retire

Perhaps inevitably, a petition has already appeared on urging Tom Brady not to retire just yet.

The petition's creator, Christian Bowers, says: "We used to hate Tom Brady. We used to dread when our teams played the Patriots. We hated him because we feared him. He might’ve stolen our Super Bowls for 2 decades, but after he moved to Tampa, he stole our hearts. We’ve only just started to appreciate him. He has now decided to retire, when we just weren’t ready. Please Tom. We need you."

So far, the petition has accrued, er, 20 signatures. Make of that what you will!

ESPN's open letter to Brady

Mike Reiss of ESPN, who say they are standing by their reporting over Tom Brady's retirement, has penned an open letter to the seven-time Super Bowl winner.

"Here's what this letter-writer would highlight to those curious about what stood out most from covering the first 20 years of your career," Reiss says. "It always seemed like as committed as you were to being the best quarterback and teammate, it was equally as important to you being a good son, husband and father.

"That's why, after prime-time games, you'd always sign off by saying hello to parents Tom Sr. and Galynn, and making sure to let your wife, Gisele Bündchen, and kids, Jack, Benny and Vivian, know you were thinking of them and couldn't wait to see them. You also made sure to point out all the sacrifices they made to allow you to do what you loved."

Mike Reiss' open letter to Tom Brady in full


What are Tom Brady's career stats and highlights?

There is no other NFL player who has ever appeared in or won more Super Bowls than Tom Brady.

Take a look at the QB's career stats and highlights

Brady's last TD pass?

If Tom Brady does indeed confirm his retirement, this will have been the final touchdown pass of his career:

NFLRedZone is going to miss Tom for sure

Scot Hanson, the host of the popular NFLRedZone, wishes tom a happy retirement. I'm sure he will miss a figure like Tom bringing viewers to his show.

More rings than most franchises

More rings than most franchises

Tom has won more rings than most franchises in all their history.

More news keeps coming up Brady's retirement

Tommy Brady Sr, the man Tom says, is his hero, also commented on his son's exit from the NFL. He has told the media that his son still has not made up his mind about the issue.


Is Tom trying to control the narrative?

Most media outlets and insiders think that Brady will retire. But why the double narrative? Being Tom Brady can't be easy.

Saying how and when to leave the sport for a leader of men it can't be easy. So it's not crazy to think Brady doesn't like that he is not the first to say, " I'm leaving guys."

Agree with Tom?

Who is going to miss Tom more, his fans or those who think he is not as great as people think he is?

Looking back at a vulnerable Tom Brady

This is one of those moments that you see a person be the most real they can be.

Who's the richest of them all?

With his retirement looming, how much is Tom Brady worth? The GOAT, for many, has reportedly amassed a fortune of 250 million dollars. Still a bit less than his wife.

What would be Tom's legendary rating?

Madden sure doesn't want the legend to retire. Letting everyone know what they want. Brady to cotinue.

What are you up to Tom?

What is Tom Brady planning? It seems like he is out but doesn't want to say it just yet. Or is the greatest having cold feet?

His agent seems to think Tom already knows what he is going to do and that he is not as 50/50 as many think.

ESPN, who broke the Brady story, 'stand by their reporting'

Edelman says 'thanks'

Julian Edelman, with whom Brady won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, was among the first to thank the QB and later followed up with a tweet as news emerged that the retirement news may be a little premeditated.

Despite retirement confusion, NFL pay tribute to Brady

As the ongoing confusion surrounding Brady's retirement continues, the NFL have issued a series of tweets thanking the player for his contribution to the sport over the years with a hashtag #ThankYouTom

Brady retirement claims seem premature

This time The Athletic's NFL expert casts aspersions on the Brady to retire claims with his source claiming that 'he's not even close to making a decision about retirement'

Brady's agent on retirement claims

Doubts on Brady retirement emerge

Tom Brady's father has contradicted reports that his son plans to retire. Speaking to a San Francisco based radio station, Brady Sr. claims that the reports are unsubstantiated rumours!


More Super Bowls than NFL teams


Brady's NFL records

Evans thanks Brady


Brady x 7 Super Bowls

7 Super Bowl Rings

5 Super Bowl MVPs

3 League MVP Awards

22 Incredible Seasons

Tom Brady

Tom Brady, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reacts in the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / AFP

Bucs lose to Rams

When the Bucs lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round last week, Brady had a different response about his retirement; he shared his gratitude with an emotional instagram post and later said he was going to prioritize his family in deciding his future. His family have obviously been a huge part in his decision to retire. The NFL star turns 45 in August.

Official announcement from Brady to come


What is Tom Brady's net worth?

When it comes to most elite level professional athletes, the salaries they receive and the lifestyles they live it can be quite dizzying. On the other hand, it’s not often we actually get a look at the dollars and cents as they break down. How many homes do they own?  How many cars?  Most of all how much do they get paid so that they can afford it all?  These questions and more will be answered as we take a closer look at Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Junior or as the world has come to know him, Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Those stats...

Brady's career stats are absolutely frightening.

Brady: "Twenty two years… it’s gone really fast. Man, I can’t believe we’ve made it this far."

Brady had given some hints as to when he sees his curtain call. 

"I’ve always said 45 was the age that I wanted to reach and that was my goal,” he told USA Today last summer. “Do I see myself still playing at 50? That’s a long time - even for me”.

However, just three months after making those comments, Brady confessed that it was feasible that he may be still around for the 2027 Super Bowl. "Wow. Seems to be a really hot question lately - Can Tom Brady play until 50? Like, 50 years old? Fifty...” he asked himself in the Tommy & Gronky show back in September of last year.

Brady was reticent when quizzed about his career and future more recently. “Twenty two years… it’s gone really fast. Man, I can’t believe we’ve made it this far,” he told NFL Network's Willie McGinest . “I think when I thought about that [playing until he’s 50], that was probably 10 years ago you know and now I’m kinda here so… Then I felt that was a great goal to set, and I still had that goal of wanting to get to 45 so we’ll see how it goes. I’m just pretty much in unchartered territory”.


Is 2022 Tom Brady's last year in the NFL?

We had a feeling...

The years advance and Tom Brady continues to wow the NFL. Will 2022 be the right year for "TB12" to say goodbye to the league? 

While the Michigan graduate tops the table at 44 years old, there’s enough speculation as to whether he can play past 50, a suggestion that Brady himself has embraced. 

There is no short or definite answer to this. But to understand the possibility of Brady's career coming to an end, there are two factors to consider: the quarterback's wishes, and the length of his contract with the Buccaneers.

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Tom Brady


Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP five times during his seven championships.

He’s a three-time NFL MVP, a 15-time Pro Bowl selection, and a six-time All-Pro.

The 44-year-old is also the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (624) and passing yards (85,520). No quarterback has ever won more than his 243 games.

He will retire with perhaps the most impressive resume of any player in NFL history. 

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

SEVEN Super Bowl rings

Brady won six Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, and then won another with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early 2021.

Brady’s seven Super Bowl rings by himself are more than any NFL franchise.

Tom's latest post

We still have no official confirmation of the news from Brady himself. His last tweet was on 27 January...


After 22 seasons in the NFL, Buccaneers' Tom Brady is retiring

The GOAT has closed the curtains on the NFL after 22 incredible seasons, and seven Super Bowls.

ESPN and Adam Schefter reported the news first.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback still had a year left on his contract with the team, and was not shy to share with the NFL world that his intention was to play until he was 45 years old. 

But when the Bucs lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round last week, Brady had a different response about his retirement; he shared his gratitude with an emotional Instagram post and later said he was going to prioritize his family in deciding his future. 

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Brady recently hinted at retirement

Tom Brady is leaving the NFL at the top of his game. He led the league in passing yards and touchdowns over the past season and is considered a finalist for MVP.

During a podcast appearance after the Rams loss, Brady hinted that he could retire to spend more time around his family.

What a career!

Brady retiring from NFL

Tom Brady has finally retired after an incredible career.

The 44-year-old quarterback plans to retire from the NFL after a 22-year career, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. 

Hello and welcome to our live feed as we bring you the latest on Tom Brady's retirement from NFL after 22 seasons. 


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