One year ago, on Feb. 1, 2022, Tom Brady announced his retirement. On Wednesday, he announced his retirement again. To keep things simple, we took last year’s article and made a few small edits. Here is the article from a year ago, with some deletions and insertions.
Tom Brady is retiring and this time it seems like he really means it. The 45-year-old quarterback announced this week that his football playing days are over “for good”, ending one of the most storied careers in sports history. To many football fans, he’s the greatest of all time. For others, he’s absolutely infuriating. And for some tortured souls—it’s both. Either way, the legend of Tom Brady has produced a lot of great sports writing over the decades. We’ve rounded up some of the best articles written about Brady during his 23 years in the NFL, from early coverage of the New England Patriots dynasty to his age-defying campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Brady’s year of unretirement was a spectacular failure on the field and off, but now the NFL’s GOAT can officially walk away from his football career knowing the time was right.
Throughout his legendary career, Tom Brady gave all of himself to football. There was a price.
If Brady had his way, he would have been running — and potentially quarterbacking — a Patriots division rival. Instead, a series of unforeseen events led him back to Tampa.
With legendary quarterback Tom Brady officially retiring (yes, we really mean it now), the accolades are pouring in.
It’s finally official: Tom Brady will not be forever a Patriot. But in reality, the quarterback's split with New England can be traced back much further than this offseason.
And he doesn’t plan on trying one now.
John Hughes has been laughing about the possibility for a decade. He was the man tasked with ruining it all: Tom Brady’s football career, the Patriots’ future dynasty and, really, the entire American sports landscape.