By I. Moregola
Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, announced his retirement on Tuesday (1st of February), after completing a long 22-year career, playing his last 2 for the Tampa Buccaneers. He set off his career after winning 7 Superbowl championships and making history for being the only man in history to do so.
His innumerous recognitions include 15 pro bowl selections, 5 Superbowl MVP awards, 3 regular-season MVP Awards and 2 NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Brady ends his lifespan of American football with the most regular-season completions (7,263), passing yards (84,520) and passing touchdowns (624) in NFL history. With a bonus of 13,049 yards and 86 TD passes across 47 career playoff games, which is quite impressive.
His career started with him playing for the University of Michigan and he wasn't selected until the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft where he was selected to play for the Patriots.
Tom Brady's successes extended further off the football field. In 2007 and 2021, he was voted the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year and was also honored with the Associated Press male athlete of the year in 2007.
Inside of the NFL he was selected to partake in the 2000’s All-Decade team as well as the 2010’s team. In addition to this, he was selected to be part of the league’s 100th anniversary all-time team in 2019.
The far most talented quarterback claimed that he thrived playing for the Patriots for 2 decades and had several more memorable moments during his time wearing the Buccaneers jersey. What is most impressive about Brady is his ongoing and persevering talent that did not diminish over the course of his career. For Brady, aging was not a problem, he was put up for the challenge.
Whilst conducting an interview in a podcast he recounted that his favorite memory of his career is during the 2015 Superbowl against the Seattle Seahawks. He said:
"In terms of football, if I'm thinking about football and one moment, I'm thinking about the Seattle Super Bowl. That's probably the one moment... the first three [Super Bowl wins] happened really quick and then I think I went 10 years and realized '...This is really hard.' And how lucky I was, naive and lucky, for the first three. …”
This was a memorable victory for all football fans, when Malcom Butler intercepted Seattle’s quarterback throw at the goal line in the final seconds of the game. With this, he was able to secure the 28-24 victory for the Patriots and for Brady’s history.