Football legend Tom Brady reportedly will retire from the NFL after 22 seasons.
Brady will end his career as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he signed with after playing the same position for the New England Patriots for over 20 years. ESPN’s Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter confirmed the news. He has seven Super Bowl rings, five Super Bowl MVP designations, and three NFL MVP awards under his belt.
At 22 years old, Brady was selected by the Patriots as a 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Viewed as an underdog in his rookie years, Brady quickly defied odds and expectations and is now considered one of the greatest to compete in the sport and arguably the best quarterback of all time. He is almost guaranteed to be inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame.
While sports news outlets have suggested that a formal announcement is imminent, Bruce Arians, the head football coach of the Buccaneers, reportedly clarified to EPSN reporter Jenna Laine on Saturday that Brady has not yet informed his team of any plans to retire.
“He hasn’t. Not even close to making up his mind yet. He told us,” Arians reportedly said.