Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady told fans Tuesday he’s retiring from football, saying it’s time to focus on other things after an illustrious NFL career that has spanned 22 seasons.
The 44-year-old’s lengthy Instagram post capped almost 72 hours of speculation since reports first emerged Saturday afternoon that the winner of seven Super Bowls would hang it up.
Brady wrote of the brutal physical toll and total commitment it takes to play football at the highest level. He made only vague comments about future endeavors.
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore,” wrote the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yard and TD throws.
“I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
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