Tom Brady announced he was retiring in 2022 before he decided to give it one more season with his team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On February 1, the NFL quarterback shared on Twitter and Instagram, “Good morning, guys, I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring, for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first.”
“I won’t be long-winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year,” he said. “So, I really thank you guys, so much, to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, there’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”
Brady, 45, also shared a series of photo to show his appreciation to those who have supported him on his Instagram Story including his ex Bridget Moynahan with their son, John, 15. He shared a photo of his ex-wife, Gisele Bündchen and their children Benjamin, 13, and Vivian, 10.
After announcing his retirement, the seven-time Super Bowl champ received tons of messages from friends, fans, and fellow athletes.
David Beckham commented on his post, “We love you man.”
“I’m getting teary eyed watching this,” Serena Williams, who retired from tennis last year, commented, adding, “Sad to see you go. Welcome to the retirement world…. Again.”
Brady’s announcement came days before the 2023 Super Bowl. His retirement post was no different from the one he shared during his 2022 retirement message to his fans.
That time, he posted, “My playing career has been such a thrilling ride, and far beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs. When you’re in it every day, you really don’t think about any kind of ending. As I sit here now, however, I think of all the great players and coaches I was privileged to play with and against—the competition was fierce and deep, JUST HOW WE LIKE IT. But the friendships and relationships are just as fierce and deep. I will remember and cherish these memories and re-visit them often. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.”
Brady and Bündchen, who have been married for 13 years, have also finalized their divorce last year. He wrote on his Instagram Story in October, “We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.”
She also showed her support to him on his retirement by commenting on his post, “Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life.”