Tom Brady announced his (second) retirement exactly one year after his (first) retirement announcement. Here’s the NFL QB’s video greeting to his audience.
Tom Brady has decided to hang up his cleats for good.
The NFL quarterback, who had said he will retire in 2022 but then played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019, updated his supporters on his status on February 1. A video message from Tom read, “Good morning, people, I’ll get to the point straight now,” and was shared on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. “In other words, I’m hanging it up for good now. The procedure was significant the last time around, so I decided to start recording as soon as I got up today to give you a heads-up.”
You only get one very emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year, so I won’t go on and on. “So, once again, I sincerely appreciate all of your help so much. I could never include everyone who means something to me here; there are too many. For making it possible for me to realize my wildest hopes, thank you. Not one single thing about this experience would make me reconsider my decision. I adore all of you.”
Along with his video message, Tom, 45, shared a series of Instagram Story photographs commemorating his time in the NFL, featuring his ex-wife Gisele Bündchen and their children Benjamin, 13, and Vivian, 10, as well as Bridget Moynahan and their 15-year-old son John.
Tom, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, got an outpouring of support after making his news. New England Patriots, Tom’s previous NFL club, reacted with three goat emojis, implying he is the greatest of all time, while David Beckham wrote, “We love you guy,” accompanied by a heart emoji, on Tom’s Instagram post.
I’m feeling teary-eyed watching this,” Serena Williams, who last year announced her transition away from tennis, tweeted. “Hate to see you depart. You’ve arrived, once again, in the land of retirement.”
Tom’s most recent retirement post, published days before the 2023 Super Bowl, is very similar to the one he made in 2022.
In his own words at the time, “The highs and lows of my playing career have been beyond anything I could have ever imagined. When you’re in the thick of something like that every day, you tend to forget about the end. At this moment, though, I can’t help but reflect on all the fantastic athletes and coaches I had the honor of competing alongside and against; the level of competition was high and intense, JUST THE WAY WE LIKE IT. But the bonds of friendship and love run just as deep and as strong. I will always have a special place in my heart for these recollections. When I think about my life right now, I realize how very fortunate I am.”
Tom has recently finalized his divorce from Gisele and is embarking on a new personal adventure at the same time that he begins a new phase in his business life.
Tom, who was married to Gisele for 13 years before they divorced in October, stated on his Instagram Story, “We came at this decision peacefully and with gratitude, for the time we spent together.” “Having such lovely and loving children has been a tremendous blessing, and they will always be our top priority. As parents, we’ll keep coordinating our efforts to provide them the best life possible.”
While Gisele and her ex are no longer together, she continues to show her support for him. They are still on good terms following the breakup, as seen by Gisele’s response to Tom’s Instagram post on February 1: “Wishing you only lovely things in this new chapter of your life.”
They continue to get along well as co-parents. Later in October, a source told E! News that Gisele and Tom had decided to share custody of Benjamin and Vivian to “keep things drama free for the kids.”