Tom Brady, widely considered the greatest quarterback in NFL history, is set to retire after 22 seasons and a record seven Super Bowl wins, ESPN reported Saturday, but the player, his agent and his team have yet to confirm the news. The 44-year-old spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, winning six Super Bowls, before moving to Tampa Bay and leading the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship last season.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise after Brady led the league in passing touchdowns and passing yards this season and could still potentially win his fourth league MVP trophy next month. Brady’s agent Don Yee told Reuters people should wait to hear direct from Brady about his plans for the future.
“I understand the speculation that is being made about Tom’s future,” Yee said in an email. “Without going into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what is being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy.
“He knows the realities of the football industry and the planning calendar as well as anyone, so it should be soon.” The Buccaneers said they could not confirm the news.
“Unfortunately, we are not in a position to know anything about the various reports,” team communications manager Chris King told Reuters. “I have nothing to offer at the moment.”
The Buccaneers tried to convince him to return for another season, but he chose to put his family and his health first, ESPN reported. Brady’s father disputed ESPN’s report, telling KRON4 News that his son is not retiring.
Brady’s company, TB12, appeared to confirm the report when it celebrated Brady in a since-deleted tweet listing his accomplishments. “Thank you for everything,” the tweet read.
In a podcast recorded after Tampa Bay was knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Rams last weekend, Brady said he was “satisfied” with his career, increasing speculation he was ready to move on. away from the game. “I said this a few years ago, that’s what relationships are all about,” Brady said.
“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 the next step is.” Brady is a father of three, and he and his wife Gisele Bundchen have built a house together near Miami.
“I’ll know when I find out,” Brady said on the podcast. “I think for all of us, you know, we can all decompress a bit. It’s been six consecutive months of football. Every day is consumed by football day by day. And I think now it’s just a bit of time to spend time with my family and spend time with my children.”
The Northern California native, who was selected with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, is the league’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and quarterback wins -back. He appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls, winning the game’s MVP award five times, and his 15 Pro Bowl selections are the most in league history.
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