Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is reportedly retiring from the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. The news was first hinted at last night by CBS’ Jason La Canfora.
Regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Brady won seven Super Bowls in his incredible 22-year career. He was a thorn in the Steelers’ side with New England before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. In the regular season alone, Brady went 9-3 against the Steelers, tossing 29 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
He’ll be an obvious, first-ballot Hall of Famer when eligible in 2027, putting him in the same class as Ben Roethlisberger, assuming Brady doesn’t unretire at some point along the way.
Though Brady was still playing at a high level, he recently implied how hard the years have been on his body. Brady turns 45 in early August.
The Steelers will host the Buccaneers in 2022. It’s unknown who will be the starting quarterback for either side.
UPDATE (2:55 PM): This report from Rick Stroud conflicts with Schefter’s saying Brady has yet to make up his mind.
A statement from Brady’s agent. It does not confirm or deny the reports.
UPDATE (4:11 PM): Tom Brady has reportedly told the Bucs he has NOT decided if he will retire or not. Despite all the reports and even his own brand tweeting about his retirement (though that tweet has been deleted), a final decision has apparently not yet been made.