(Update 1/29/2022) According to the Associated Press, Brady has not yet made the decision to retire, and called Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht to inform him that a decision had not been made.
The greatest quarterback in NFL history is reportedly calling it quits.
As reported by Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is retiring after 22 NFL seasons.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 29, 2022
Brady would finish his illustrious career with seven Super Bowl rings — the most by a player in NFL history — and as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions, and passing touchdowns. Those close to Brady have believed that his 22nd season would be his last following the Bucs loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
“He is very respectful of the game, and has great respect for the Tampa organization and all they have done for him,” one source close to the quarterback told CBS Sports. “He understands the ramifications that this decision would have on the team moving forward, and he would never want to do anything to upstage the playoffs. Whatever he decides, I’d expect he announces it soon.”
Following Tampa Bay’s 30-27 loss on Sunday, Brady said he would take his future “day by day.”
“I haven’t put a lot of thought into it,” Brady said according to ESPN. “I’ll just take it day by day. And we’ll see.”
At 44-years-old, Brady led Tampa Bay to a 13-4 regular season, and led the league in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43). He has long discussed playing until the age of 50, but told NBC Sports reporter Peter King in August that he’ll retire when the “time’s right.”
“I’ll know when the time’s right,” Brady said about retirement. “If I can’t … if I’m not a championship-level quarterback, then I’m not gonna play. If I’m a liability to the team, I mean, no way. But if I think I can win a championship, then I’ll play.”
On the “Let’s Go” podcast this week, Brady told host Jim Gray that the decision to retire or continue playing had everything to do with family.
“I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about,” Brady said on the podcast, according to ESPN. “It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family. And I’m going to spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.”
“I’ll know when I know,” Brady said. “I think for all of us, you know, we can all decompress a bit. It’s been six straight months of football. Every day consumed by day in and day out football. And I think now it’s just some time to spend some time with my family and spend some time with my kids.”
Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, and took over as the starting quarterback during the 2001 season after an injury to Drew Bledsoe. He would go on to lead New England to the organization’s first championship, and win five more Super Bowls with the Patriots in his 20 seasons under head coach Bill Belichick.
He left New England following the 2019 season, and won his seventh Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa Bay.
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