Tom Brady’s Retirement


From the Washington Football Team vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, January 9, 2021 (All-Pro Reels Photography)

Sophie Botwood ’25

Legendary quarterback Tom Brady announced via an Instagram post on February 1 that his long and storied NFL career would be coming to an end. In his 23-year career, Tom Brady was a five-time Super Bowl MVP, seven-time Super Bowl Champion with both the Patriots and Buccaneers, and is widely considered to be the greatest football player of all time. 

Although Tom Brady’s retirement is major news in the world of football, it is far from surprising. Exactly one year before his most recent retirement, Brady announced that, with one year remaining on his contract with the Buccaneers, he would be retiring from football. Just 40 days later, he announced that he had changed his mind and would play the 2022 season, where he, just as in the 2023 season, faced an early-round playoff exit.

Brady remarked that he “wouldn’t change a thing” about his football career, even as he did not face the same success toward the end of his career compared to the beginning – a testament to his sincere gratitude when it comes to the opportunities he has been given, the teams he’s played with and people he’s worked with, and the undeniable legendary nature of his career. 

One thing in particular that Brady mentioned was his interest in branching out and trying new things. Prior to his retirement, Brady signed a 10-year, $375 million contract with Fox Sports to work as a play-by-play announcer. With his experience and extensive knowledge, and football IQ, Brady’s work as an announcer should be an interesting watch.