Quarterback Tom Brady has officially thrown in the towel!
On Saturday, ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported that Tom Brady had officially announced his retirement from football. However, that statement was quickly backtracked, which left many to wonder what was really going on.
Even though Brady said that he was still trying to decide, he seemed to come to a decision on Tuesday morning when he officially announced his retirement in a long Instagram message.
Since then, social media has been swarming with many wishing Tom Brady well.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Weighs In
A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the retirement of Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/jkuDjeRVjE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2022
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently a statement shortly after Tom Brady posted his announcement on Instagram.
“Tom Brady will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever play in the NFL,” the statement began. “An incredible competitor and leader, his stellar career is remarkable for its longevity but also for the sustained excellence he displayed year after year.”
“Tom made everyone around him better and always seemed to rise to the occasion in the biggest moments,” he continued. “His record five Super Bowl MVP awards and seven Super Bowl Championships set a standard that players will chase for years.”
“He inspired fans in New England, Tampa and around the world with one of the greatest careers in NFL history. It has been a privilege to watch him compete and have him in the NFL,” he concluded. “We thank him for his many contributions to our game and wish Tom and his family all the best in the future.”
Peyton Manning Releases Statement
Peyton Manning on Tom Brady: pic.twitter.com/Nt9F2NPGeC
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2022
Former football quarterback Peyton Manning also wished Brady well in a statement. Manning played in the NFL for 18 seasons and spent 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and 4 with the Denver Broncos.
“Congratulations to my friend Tom on an unbelievable football career,” Peyton began. “To do it as long as he did, at the highest of levels is absolutely incredible.”
“It was an honor & a privilege to compete against him on the field, and I truly appreciate his friendship off the field,” he shared. “I have always admired & respected his competitiveness, his dedication, his discipline, and his commitment to being the best.”
“I wish him the best in his next chapter,” he concluded. “Congratulations again, pal!”
Tom Brady Remembered: ‘There Goes The Greatest’
— Super Bowl LVI on NBC (@SNFonNBC) February 1, 2022
The official Super Bowl Twitter account tweeted a video containing the final touchdown pass of Tom Brady’s career.
Woke up to Tom Brady officially retiring. Damn. There goes the the greatest to do it.
Thanks for the memories Tom pic.twitter.com/p8YrR4Ho71
— Troydan (@Troydan) February 1, 2022
YouTuber Troydan tweeted, “Woke up to Tom Brady officially retiring. Damn. There goes the greatest to do it. Thanks for the memories Tom.”
Tom Brady is the last player from the draft class of 2000 to retire.
The last one before him?
Sebastian Janikowski, who announced he was leaving the sport on April 28, 2019. pic.twitter.com/fVs34B6BtT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 1, 2022
Darren Rovell tweeted, “Tom Brady is the last player from the draft class of 2000 to retire. The last one before him? Sebastian Janikowski, who announced he was leaving the sport on April 28, 2019.”
Some of us had a longer front row seat.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) February 1, 2022
Rich Eisen tweeted, “Some of us had a longer front row seat. Congrats @TomBrady on absolutely everything and also for an incredible ride from kid to GOAT.”
Just Check Out Some Of His Greatest NFL Achievements!
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 1, 2022
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) February 1, 2022
Tom Brady finished his career without a losing record against all 32 NFL teams 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RX9eXchwXl
— The Athletic NFL (@TheAthleticNFL) February 1, 2022
Tom Brady’s career numbers are insane
🏈 7,263 completions
🏈 84,520 passing yards
🏈 624 passing TDs pic.twitter.com/KGZ4VosNlS
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) February 1, 2022