NFL Legend Tom Brady Retires After 23 Seasons


Colin Morley, Staff Writer

On February 1st, 2023, the greatest quarterback of all time announced the end of his over two-decade-long career. Early Wednesday morning, Tom Brady announced his retirement from the National Football League after an astounding 23 seasons. Brady had previously retired one year prior on February 1st, 2022; however, he quickly came out of retirement to play one final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This year, however, Brady, age 45, stated, “I’m retiring for good.” He left no speculation that his decision would be temporary. 

The Tampa Bay quarterback set many NFL records–including most wins by a starting quarterback, most passing yards, most passing touchdowns, and most games started by a player. Brady also set the record for Super Bowl appearances with 10, Super Bowl wins with 7, and Super Bowl MVPs with 5.

Brady spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots winning 17 division titles and 6 Super Bowls. He spent his final three seasons with the Buccaneers winning 2 division titles and 1 Super Bowl. These accolades have made Brady the most winning quarterback in NFL history, awarding him the widely accepted name the GOAT (Greatest of all time). 

Tom Brady will certainly be missed by NFL fans throughout the country. Brady helped turn a mediocre Patriot franchise into the most successful football team in the history of the NFL. Patriots fans will forever be grateful for the success Brady brought to New England throughout his career. His performances and the longevity of his career have helped to prove that age is just a number.

Brady was drafted as a late 6th-round pick and was doubted constantly throughout his career. However, his work ethic and determination made him a record-breaking NFL quarterback. Brady’s story has inspired millions across the world to accomplish their dreams regardless of what others think of them. Brady’s success will be forever cemented in the NFL’s legacy, and his story will continue to inspire people for generations to come.