For the second year in a row, Tom Brady has announced his ‘official’ retirement. The 45-year-old quarterback took to Instagram last Wednesday and announced his retirement from the NFL.
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
The storied quarterback will go down as arguably the greatest NFL player of all time. The sheer amount of records and achievements Brady has accumulated over his 23-year career is unprecedented. Brady holds a number of NFL records such as; most regular season passing yards (89,214), most career touchdown passes (649), most playoff wins (35), most passing yards in a playoff game (505), and Brady has won the most Super Bowls with seven. Plus let’s not forget to mention the numerous honors and awards he’s earned. Brady is a 15-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time league MVP, five-time Super Bowl MVP, and was the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year. So while many reporters and columnists will argue about who the greatest player of all time is, it’s quite obvious that Brady has to be in that conversation.
Tom Brady’s 23-season career:
– 7x Super Bowl Champion
– 5x Super Bowl MVP
– 3x League MVP
– 89,214 regular season passing yards (1st all time)
– 649 regular season TDs (1st all time)
– 13,400 Playoff passing yards (1st all time)
– 88 playoff TDs (1st all time) pic.twitter.com/sW05kBRP91
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2023
Brady’s announcement literally broke the media. Everywhere you looked on Wednesday, you saw Tom Brady. In a matter of minutes, Brady’s retirement post took the nation by storm. It was the number one trending topic on Twitter for the entirety of the day. On Twitter, his post garnered 124.3 million views, while his original post on Instagram is one of his most-liked posts already at 3.2 million likes. Brady’s announcement was the focus of sports talk media coverage across every major sports outlet such as ESPN and Fox Sports as the media reflected on Brady’s career.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) February 1, 2023
I honestly think the real question at hand here is if Tom Brady is actually retired for good. While Brady says this time it’s “for good”. You can’t help but wonder if it’s actually for good, especially after his retirement last year that lasted a very long… 40 days.
Brody Purdy is hurt, Jimmy G isn’t coming back, who knows about Trey Lance. @TomBrady it’s okay to unretire again, the McRib does it every year. Go fulfill your dream of being apart of the @49ers ! Immediate Super Bowl favorite! #thenextone #Brady pic.twitter.com/MYZKdddKKN
— Cazzie Pringle (@CazziePringle) February 2, 2023
Also, the fact that Brady recently announced that he’s pushing back his broadcast debut with Fox to the fall of 2024, it’s not hard to see why people speculate about the ‘for good’ part of this retirement.
He may unretire again: Tom Brady says he’ll start with Fox Sports in 2024 https://t.co/8sp4aZo4TO
— Dwayne Walton (@23dwayne) February 6, 2023
Personally, I’m on the fence about whether or not Tom is actually retired. On one hand, he didn’t look good in his final game against the Cowboys, and while he was able to will the Buccaneers into playoffs, he didn’t quite play like the Tom Brady that NFL fans are used to seeing. So maybe it is time that he retires.
Something tells me Tom Brady is about to unretire🤣 pic.twitter.com/BqV0Kz3ErB
— Elgin (@Itz_Elgin24) February 4, 2023
On the other hand, there are a number of teams in the NFL, the prime example being the San Francisco 49ers, that feel like they have an exceptional roster and are just a quarterback away from winning a Super Bowl. So if Tom were out there, as an NFL front office, why not take a flyer on Brady for a season and maybe come out of it with a championship.
— Keyshawn, JWill & Max (@KeyJayandMax) January 30, 2023
So to give an official answer, I think that the end of free agency/the 2023 NFL Draft is the deadline. If Brady doesn’t unretire in the next two and a half months, then yeah I think he’s officially done. But as we’ve seen before, the only real person who knows if Tom Brady’s actually retired is, Tom Brady.