Report: Tom Brady Retiring From NFL After 22 Seasons, Bucs Not Informed
Report: Tom Brady Retiring After 22 Seasons Brady Sr. Disputes Report, Says Son 'Not Retiring'
1/29/2022 1:55 PM PT
1:55 PM PT -- More from Brady Sr., courtesy of NFL Network's Mike Giardi. "Checked in with Tom Brady Sr. who tells me, and I quote, 'This story Mike is total conjecture. Tommy has not made a final decision one way or the other and anybody else that says that he has is absolutely wrong.'
1:31 PM PT -- Tom Brady's dad, Tom Brady Sr. tells San Francisco news outlet KRON4 his son is "not retiring," disputing the report from ESPN's Schefter and Darlington.
According to the outlet, Brady Sr. says "an online publication started circulating an unsubstantiated rumor. However a number of NFL insiders are now reporting it."
1:17 PM PT -- This is bizarre. In the wake of reports Brady was retiring after 22 seasons, there are now some questioning the veracity of the news. According to Michael Silver, TB contacted Bucs GM Jason Licht, telling the front office exec he had NOT yet made a final decision.
Tom's TB12sports Twitter account also deleted a tweet congratulating Brady for his career achievements.
Don Yee, Brady's longtime agent, also issued a statement addressing the news.
"I understand the advance speculation about Tom's future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what's being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon."
Tom Brady -- the most successful quarterback in NFL history -- is walking away from the game of football after 22 historic seasons.
The 44-year-old 7-time champ is retiring as the league's all-time leader in wins at quarterback, passing attempts, completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns, according to a report from Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington
Brady was the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft ... after playing at Michigan from 1996-1999.
Brady played for New England from 2001-19 ... winning 6 Super Bowls with the Patriots. He went on to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won his 7th championship in 2021.
The Bucs went 13-4 this season and ran away with the NFC South title ... but were defeated by the Rams in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Brady married supermodel Gisele Bundchen in 2009 ... and just this week, he hinted at the possibility of hanging it up for his wife and children's sake.
He previously spoke about how he hoped to play until he was 45 years old, but was open about his struggles with being away from family during the football season.
"It pains [Gisele] 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," Brady said this week on his "Let's Go" podcast.
Brady threw for 84,520 yards and 624 TDs over his 22-season career.
Brady's ex-teammate, Julian Edelman, congratulated the quarterback ... saying, "Thanks for the memories, babe."
Chris Godwin -- who won a ring with Brady last season -- added, "The best ever. Congratulations bro @TomBrady grateful to have gotten to share the field with you! Much love fam."
Congrats on retirement, G.O.A.T.
Originally Published -- 11:52 AM PT