Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. There, I said it. Something I never wanted to say growing up as a Rams and Falcons fan, because this man has caused me some pain in recent years. But with everything that he’s done, it is hard to deny that he may be the best player of all time. But after the Buccaneers loss in the playoffs, Tom Brady did something that no one expected. He retired.
Brady has spent 22 years playing in the NFL and is now 44 years old. He’s played in 10 Super Bowls, winning 7 of them. Spending the majority of his career and winning 6 of his rings in New England. In the world of professional football, he should have already happily retired by now. But Brady being Brady, continued into this season looking to defend his 7th Super Bowl but ultimately came up short. The Buccaneers ended their season by losing in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams.
There was initially speculation around if and when news would come out of the Brady camp that Tom would retire. He stated that he “remains noncommittal” to the 2022 season a few days before their Divisional playoff game. The conversation been talked about within the Buccaneers organization “for weeks now” and I’m surprised that it wasn’t leaked out before then. Brady recently spoke about his pro football future with Jim Gray on the Let’s Go podcast. The way that it sounds to us here at The WOLF Sports is that his decision had a lot to do with how it would affect his family.
“I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family. And I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.
It pains her to see me get hit out there. And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband, and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad.”Tom Brady via Let’s Go podcast
Since Brady retired I’m sure that there will be many individuals across the league that will be happy to see him go. But not only because they are tired of being beaten by him but because they are happy to see him finally settle down after a 22-year career. Now that we know he’s gone we’re all going to look back on his career and think about all the great games and performances that he has had. Whether you love him or hate him we should acknowledge all that he has done for football and the influence he has had on generations to come. So even though he was an extreme annoyance to me while he was playing, I respect the man and have to say that he is definitively the G.O.A.T.
Thank you Tom.
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