TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL after an unprecedented career in which he won seven Super Bowls and set numerous passing records.
The 44-year-old Brady goes out after leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title last season and NFC South championship this season.
ESPN reported Brady‘s retirement on Saturday, citing unidentified sources. Shortly afterward, Brady’s business account confirmed his retirement on social media.
Brady had cited a desire to spend more time with his wife and children despite still playing at the top of his game. Brady led the NFL in yards passing (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719), but the Buccaneers lost at home to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday in the divisional round.
Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots in 20 seasons playing for coach Bill Belichick. He joined the Buccaneers in 2020 and led them to the second Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Brady leaves the games as the career leader in yards passing (84,520) and TDs (624). He’s the only player to win more than five Super Bowls and was MVP of the game five times.
Brady was selected 199th overall by the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft.