Tampa Bay Buc's QB Tom Brady says he's retiring "for good"
TAMPA - NFL legend and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who is building a home in Miami, took to Twitter Wednesday to announce his retirement.
"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. So, I won't be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year," Brady said in a brief video. "So really, thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, there's too many."
The seven-time Super Bowl champion ends his career with 89,214 yards, 649 passing touchdowns, and three league MVPs.
Last year Brady signed a 10-year deal with FOX Sports for $375 million to join their NFL coverage. It is not clear if Brady will be in the booth when FOX airs the Super Bowl Feb. 12.
"So really, thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, there's too many," Brady said. "Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn't change a thing. Love you all."
Universally considered the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, Brady retires as the NFL's all-time leader in Super Bowl wins, passing touchdowns, passing yards, and completions. His 286 victories -- regular season and postseason combined -- are the most of all time.
A seven-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Super Bowl MVP, and three-time NFL MVP, Brady essentially authored three separate Hall of Fame careers.
From 2001-07, he won three Super Bowls and four AFC championships, throwing 197 touchdowns and 86 interceptions in the regular season while leading the Patriots to an 86-24 record. He also went 14-3 in the playoffs during that time, throwing 26 touchdowns and 12 touchdowns.
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