He himself never said anything about it, meaning he could always change his mind.
That all changed Tuesday morning when Brady finally said it all in his own words.
He was retiring for real.
This is a unique situation because the NFL world already reacted to the news over the weekend.
But now that it’s official the tributes are all flying out again.
Official word from Tom Brady: pic.twitter.com/jWCQAi9Vb8
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2022
There is just not as much shock because of the fact the decision was leaked out a few days ago.
Forever a part of Buccaneers history.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 1, 2022
NFL World Reacts To Brady’s Official Retirement
A legend like Brady retiring means he will get honors from just about everyone in the game of football.
That includes Commissioner Roger Goodell.
A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the retirement of Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/jkuDjeRVjE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2022
The only odd thing is that Brady himself never mentioned the New England Patriots.
He may be saving that for a later date when he can have a proper send-off with the franchise.
Unless I miss it there is no mention of the patriots in Tom Brady‘s announcement.
— Eric Bach (@Eric_Bach) February 1, 2022
I will always remember Tom Brady as a Buccaneer
— E.J. Marineau (@ejmarineau) February 1, 2022
He officially rides off into the sunset with seven Super Bowl titles to his name.
It is easy to say another quarterback will never reach that mark.
But it may also take centuries for certain teams in the NFL to even sniff that mark as well.
His casual dominance was never seen before and it will be weird to have an NFL without Brady in 2022.
🐐 22 years
🐐 7X Super Bowl champion
🐐 3X NFL MVP
🐐 6X All Pro
🐐 NFL's all time passing TD leader
🐐 NFL's all time passing yard leader
🐐 Most career wins: 243
What a career it was for Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/rF9MVBD6ZF
— PFF (@PFF) February 1, 2022
He now steps aside to allow a new era of quarterbacks to chase his greatness.
A privilege to watch and a dream come true.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 1, 2022
But they better start winning titles fast if they ever want to approach the status of being the GOAT.