This morning, longtime quarterback Tom Brady, who is widely regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, announced that he is retiring from the sport.
Brady initially retired last season before having a change of heart and deciding to play one more season.
This time, it may be official.
And so, the 2022 season for both football and baseball marked the end of an era for two of the finest athletes in professional sports history.
Albert Pujols also played out his final season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
On Twitter, a Cardinals fan noted that it seems fitting to have Pujols and Brady retire in the same year.
It's kinda fitting that Tom Brady and Albert Pujols retired in the same season. The greatest NFL and MLB player of 21st century. pic.twitter.com/pwVlWgQgmk
— Rinedog (@Rinedog1) February 1, 2023
Brady and Pujols were two of the most distinguished stars of their respective sports during their careers.
And for the vast majority of their careers, they were the best in the business.
Brady certainly made his mark, winning seven Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined.
Pujols won two World Series titles during his time with the Cardinals before eventually departing for the Los Angeles Angels.
But he had more than his fair share of memorable moments, hitting a towering home run off of Brad Lidge to help the Cards stave off elimination in the 2005 NLCS, as well as becoming the third player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game.
And when he returned to St. Louis for his last ride, he still had plenty left in the tank and reached 700 career home runs.
And thus, an era ends, both in football and in baseball.
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