On February 1, 2023, Tom Brady announced his official retirement publicly on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Followed by his retirement announcement in 2021, which he obviously bounced back from pretty fast, Brady noted in the video that this retirement is the real deal.
To his 13.2 million Instagram followers, Brady joked saying “you only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year.” As promised, this message was short and barely a paragraph, but there was still a ton of emotion.
Tom said he’d “let his followers know first” in the video and forced himself to press record as soon as he woke up, like ripping off a Band-Aid. Brady almost brought to tears and choking up as he thanked his teammates, coaches, friends, family and American football in his quick announcement.
While this retirement seems more set in stone than the 2021 retirement, we’re sure this won’t be Brady’s final tie to football and definitely not the last we’ll see of the GOAT. Brady joined the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft and won 7 miraculous Super Bowls in his 23-year career.
- Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) – New England defeated St. Louis, 20-17
- Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004) – New England defeated Carolina, 32-29
- Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) – New England defeated Philadelphia, 24-21
- Super Bowl XLIX (2015) – New England defeated Seattle, 28-24
- Super Bowl LI (2017) – New England defeated Atlanta, 34-28
- Super Bowl LIII (2019) – New England defeated Los Angeles, 13-3
- Super Bowl LV (2021) – Tampa Bay defeated Kansas City, 31-9
Luckily, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft discussed the possibility of him signing a 1-day contract for Brady to retire as a New England Patriot.
On behalf of New England, thank you, Tom.