The man many consider the greatest American football player of all time is retiring after 22 seasons. Or does he not?
ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Reuters, along with several other media outlets around the world, announced Saturday night that Tom Brady has decided to retire.
Official confirmation from Brady himself came on Twitter via his own company TBSports12.
This has since been deleted.
The father, Tom Brady senior, told Kron4 News on Saturday night that the son would not give up. The father claims it was a website that published an unconfirmed message. Then it was picked up and shared by a number of other websites.
And then chaos was a fact.
Tom Brady reportedly called Tampa Bay Buccaneers director Jason Licht and said he hadn’t made a final decision yet, according to Bally Sports.
– This story is a guess. Tommy hasn’t made a final decision yet, and those who claim otherwise are wrong, Father Brady tells NFL Network
Brady, 44, played 20 seasons for the New England Patriots before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. In total, he has won seven Super Bowls.
The news of his career break has caused more people to react.
Bruce Springsteen guitarist and Lillyhammer actor Steven van Zandt wrote on Twitter that he would like to take Brady for another season.
Will play until he’s 45
– Oh! Wish Tom Brady has announced his retirement but is also taking another year to celebrate his career. All the anti Brady jerks can find somewhere else to be. What you can have against the best footballer of all time is incomprehensible to me, writes van Zandt.
There has been confusion over Brady’s future in recent months. The Buccaneers had hopes of getting Brady back for another season, but the main character himself should have been clear all along that he didn’t want a “painting season.”
Brady has previously stated that he wanted to play until he was 45. The American turns 45 in August.
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Kevin Love is among several who celebrated Brady’s career after the news broke.
– It was a privilege to witness such greatness, Love writes on Twitter.
In 2000, after playing college football in Michigan, Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots by the No. 199 draft pick. He has set the most records in his career. Including the record for most “touchdown passes”.
Those are stats the legend has topped again this season.
Brady has won the Most Valuable Player award three times, most recently in 2017. When he competed in the Super Bowl in 2020, he became the oldest ever. He is among the favorites to receive the same award this year and is considered the NFL’s best player.