The former supermodel, 41, took to Instagram on Tuesday to celebrate the NFL superstar’s success as he officially retires from football.
Supporting Her Man Throughout His Career
“What a ride @tombrady ! So many memories!” Bündchen began.
“When I met you over 15 years ago, I didn’t know the first thing about football. But cheering for you and seeing you do what you love most made me learn about this wonderful game to the point that I seriously believed I knew more than the referees!” she continued.
“We always had a special champions playlist for every drive on our way to the game. As a family, we always prayed for you, celebrated and supported you in every game, cheered every win and suffered with every loss,” the mother of two recalled.
She’s ‘So Proud’ Of Tom Brady
Bündchen also noted all of Brady’s achievements and dedication to the sports.
“I’m so proud of you, and of everything you have had to overcome physically and emotionally over the years. I am in awe of your dedication, and of everything you have achieved. You love what you do, and you leave behind a legacy that is a beautiful example for future generations,” she noted, adding, “You are the most dedicated, focused and mentally tough person I have ever met. You never once complained over the years about all the bruises and aches and pains. You just kept focusing on your goal to go out there and be the best leader there was to all your teammates.”
“The Devil Wears Prada” star told readers that Brady is looking forward to his “new endeavors” following his lengthy football career.
Focusing On New Goals
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“I know how excited you are about the next chapter of your life. Watching you work so hard in your football career and seeing the dedication you are now putting into all your new endeavors is incredibly inspiring,” she wrote. “There is nothing you can’t achieve. I have always been here for you, you know that, and I’m as excited as you are for what the future holds!”
Bündchen concluded her message by telling Brady: “Words can’t really express how grateful I am to everyone who has been so supportive of my husband and our family for so many years. With all my love, Gisele”
Tom Brady’s Sweet Comment
The loving tribute earned a response by Brady, 44: “I couldn’t do it without your love and support! You make everyday of my life brighter and more fun and you challenge me to be my best in every aspect of my life. You are my biggest supporter and I love you more then anything in this world ❤️❤️❤️❤️”
Fans Thank Gisele Bündchen
The post earned over 830,000 likes and an upward of 8,300 comments in under a day. Fans and notable personalities alike showed their support to Bündchen and Brady, who both share son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian Lake, 9.
“Gisele I want to thank you personally for allowing Tom to play for that long and support him to play at the highest level. Because of your great personal sacrifice I got to watch my hero Tom Brady play every Sunday with so much happiness that I can’t even begin to explain to you. My best wishes to you and your family. Thank you so so so much Gisele. You and Tom are both #GOAT s 🐐🐐❤️🙌” one commented.
“Standing with every great man is a great partner. #godbless,” added another.
“So beautiful, Gisele!!! ❤️ He couldn’t have done it without the love and support of you! Thank you for the many years of sacrifice your family made and for sharing your husband with all of us! He will be missed!” remarked a third commenter.
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On the same day, Brady announced his retirement on Instagram.
“I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition – if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback wrote. “There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.”
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention,” he added.
Brady played in the National Football League for 22 seasons and has won seven Super Bowl titles. Before joining Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.