The End Of An Era Emerges: Tom Brady's Retirement Rumors Bring Spotlight To His Illustrious Career
Football fans all over the world found themselves shocked and confused after speculations and reports over Tom Brady's retirement leaked on Saturday. These rumors came just hours after TB12, his health and wellness company, posted a retirement announcement on social media. Many believed the post to be an indication towards the end of an era–but the post was quickly deleted.
He Holds Titles, Fans Hold Their Breaths
All facts considered, he's highly regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history–he has an incomparable body of work over 22 remarkable seasons. The 44-year old icon has collected 7 Super Bowl rings throughout his career, and is found among the top-10 for almost every statistical passing category you can find.
All cameras are on the 5x Super Bowl MVP regardless of the outcome. But after last week's loss to the Rams, the timing of all this really makes you wonder. Could the game's result really have tipped the scales and humbled him down to making some serious personal evaluations?
Rightfully so, as a family man and a long-serving NFL player, new challenges are thrown his way every day and he always keeps his family atop the priority list. Appearing recently on a podcast, Brady stated:
"I said this a few years ago, it's what relationships are all about, 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," he expressed further during the podcast. "I think for all of us, you know, we can all decompress a bit. It's been six straight months of football. Every day is 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."
If there's anybody capable of changing the mentality of a team, it’s Tom Brady. Brady's career has been a highlight reel of excellence and should be used as an example for any athlete aspiring to parallel such greatness. The same dedication, mindset, and unmatched work rate he adds on the field would be a useful indication of challenging himself towards a new transition.
Seeing this dramatic shift from player to family man happen in real-time is hard for Brady fans. Die-hards seem visibly upset and yearn to see him for another 5 years. It's hard for them to fathom how he would hang his jersey while he's still on top of his game.
Brady's Legacy Is Forever
What does the future hold for the former New England Patriot's quarterback? Whether endured or embraced, may it be a kind gateway to maintain his legacy and usher into his next chapter. Infinite gratitude is due, as all we know is that he leaves the game better than he found it. It is worth noting that a career record such as most touchdown passes (624) and most passing yards (84,250) in 22 seasons, wasn't just any walk in the park.
He truly is an icon living.