The GOAT is stepping away to find greener pastures.
Tom Brady has, once again, called it a career, a year to the day that he retired the first time before finding himself back in Tampa Bay for the 2022 season.
While earlier reports indicated that Brady could be looking at another season in the league, he put those to bed with an emotional goodbye video on Wednesday morning, thanking everyone for their support and keeping his retirement message short and sweet.
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While Brady still played to a Brady level in 2022, it was a tumultuous year in more ways than one. The Buccaneers skidded to an 8-9 season, but did win the NFC South. They were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Cowboys.
Off the field, Brady dealt with a very public divorce that may have played a bit into his on-field performance. That all may play into why he’s hanging up the cleats for good.
Why did Tom Brady retire?
There are a few different reasons why Brady decided to call it a career. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that “family considerations” played a “major role” into the decision.
The greatest of all time, for the second time in two offseasons but this time for good, steps away. My understanding is family considerations played a major role in this decision. Tom Brady wanted to play until 45.
And now retires.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2023
Rapoport is likely alluding to the much-publicized split between Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen, which took the gossip world by storm at the tail end of training camp, following the quarterback into the regular season. Brady commented on the split in November, saying it was a personal challenge. Brady and Bundchen were married for 13 years.
Brady was recently spotted in a Miami private school, taking a tour of the location, leading some to believe that he was nearing the end; Brady’s children live in Miami, and he also has a home there. Others speculated that he was potentially making a move to play with the Dolphins. It appears that the latter is no longer a possibility.
Rapoport also mentions that it had been a goal for Brady to play until he was 45 years old, a feat he accomplished when he turned 45 in August of last year.
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Another reason why Brady may be calling it a career is that there are no true, viable, Super Bowl-ready landing spots for him this offseason. The Raiders were a hot rumored team for Brady to latch onto, but they’re also a fairly flawed team entering 2023, despite the connection to Josh McDaniels.
The 49ers were another team that Brady was rumored to be attached to, but the emergence of Brock Purdy and the major question mark in Trey Lance means the 49ers may not want to introduce more chaos to the equation.
What is finally computed, is that Brady’s career is over — again. We’ll see where his next steps take him.