A year ago to this very day Tom Brady said he was hanging them up. But he changed his mind rather quickly. This morning he again announced his retirement and this time Tom said it was for good.
“Good morning, guys, I’ll get to the point right away: I’m retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. So I won’t be long-winded. I think you only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year. So, really, thank you guys, so much, to every single one of you, for supporting me. My family, my friends, teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, there’s too many. Thank you, guys, for letting me live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”
Brady led the Patriots to 17 division titles (including 11 consecutive from 2009 to 2019), 13 AFC Championship Games (including eight consecutive from 2011 to 2018), nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles… Now Bob Kraft can start building the statue.
In the end Brady led his teams to an inconceivable ten Super Bowls, winning seven Super Bowl titles. He is the only player in NFL history with seven Super Bowl rings, along the way he was awarded a record five Super Bowl MVPs, and he owns not holds owns, NFL records including most wins, most passes, most completions, most yards and most touchdowns, both in the regular season and in the postseason.
There has been no greater sports story in this writer's lifetime than the one of Thomas Edward Patrick Brady. And each chapter he wrote and we read was more compelling than the last. The book is now closed. There is no doubt in my mind that Tom retires as the greatest player in NFL history.