Tom Brady’s retirement marks the end of an era (until he unretired)

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Tom Brady, arguably the greatest player in NFL history, called it quits following a glittering career.

Tom Brady, well-known as arguably the greatest football player of all time, has officially announced his retirement, marking the end of an era. Over his spectacular twenty-two season career in the NFL, he has earned more money than any other player, just shy of $293,000. Furthermore, he has won seven Super Bowls, not only the most of any player in NFL history, but also more than any single franchise. Six came with the New England Patriots (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019), covering all of their Super Bowl wins, and one with the Buccaneers (2021). In a Tweet made on February 1, he remarked that his decision to relinquish his competitive commitment has little to do with injuries or age but rather that it was “now time to focus [his] time and energy on other things that require [his] attention.”

  Looking back at more of Tom Brady’s accomplishments, has won the award of Most Valuable Player three separate times, and is deservedly considered one of the most skillful and famous players to ever step foot on the field. This additionally causes possible doubts when it comes to whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be able to maintain their longevity after Brady’s absence. In fact, he is technically still under contract with the Bucs through the 2022 season after signing a one year extension last March. However, Tom Brady is still likely to work around the financial situation with Tampa Bay, which could look slightly different depending on whether he wants to uphold the option of a future comeback. Tom has stated that forty-five was the desired age to reach a conclusion, which he will turn next August, so this will most likely be the last we see of the dominating figure.

  Whether fans of football supported or despised Tom Brady and the teams he played for, he undoubtedly created endless entertainment and inspired many across the nation. His presence in the NFL has been unmatched, with few quarterbacks ever having or being able to reach the level of his excellent and competent nature. Tom Brady’s impact is undeniable and he will be remembered as one of the GOATs of the sport and will unquestionably become a life-long Hall of Famer.

 Update: The GOAT is back. Just over one month after he announced his retirement, Tom Brady has stated that he will be returning to the Buccaneers for his 23rd season, premiering as the oldest active player in the NFL, as when the season begins he will be 45 years old. As the NFL’s career leader in yards passing and touchdowns, as well as the most Super Bowl of any player ever, his effect on football is unprecedented, and his legacy carried enough weight to guarantee him into the Hall of Fame. However, his short lived retirement of 40 days was ended when he posted that he had “unfinished business” on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Supposedly, his wife and family are supportive and happy with his decision to unretire and play football for his 23rd season.

  Speculation has risen from his sudden change of mind, with an investigation called concerning recent bets. Last week, many different bettors placed wagers for the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl prior to the announcement of him not retiring. The Vice President of Westgate Superbook stated that he believed the amount of bets and the money that was wagered indicated that information concerning his unretirement was leaked prior to the announcement. 

  Furthermore, the football thought to have made Bardy’s final touchdown was sold for $518,628. However, with his return, its worth has significantly decreased, being valued at nothing above $20,000. In response to this, Tom Brady attempted to make up this loss through providing one Bitcoin to the buyer, currently worth $41,242. This means the buyer has just over one tenth of the money spent on the football. What makes this worse is that FTX, the company which Brady asked to provide a singular Bitcoin, is one in which he has equity.

  Despite its bizarre nature, his decision will undoubtedly alter the 2022-2023 NFL season in various ways, not just in terms of the game but also the sports betting and anticipation. However, the question arises, how many more NFL seasons should one expect Tom Brady, who will be 45 for the next football season, to play?