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America's beloved football quarterback Tom Brady broke his silence and announced his retirement on social media. In this write-up, Tatler reminisces on the athlete's most defining moments in his 22-season stint at the NFL

A sports legend's game has come to an end. On social media, football fans clamour upon waking up to the news of American football quarterback Tom Brady's retirement. Over the past few weeks, the news already stirred on social media and among football players across the globe, but on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the athlete finally broke his silence and announced that after 22 years, his time in the National Football League (NFL) has come to an end. 

"I have always believed the sport of football is an "all in" proposition. If a 100 per cent competitive commitment isn't there, you won't succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. There is physical, mental, and emotional challenge every single day that has allowed me to maximise my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life," Brady said in a social media post. 

"This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention," he added. 

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In his long stint in the NFL, Brady has never lost a season; many of his fans even call him the "Greatest Quarterback of All Time". To recognise his unyielding passion for football, Tatler recalls the athletes most memorable moments in the field: 

1. Superbowl XLIX

Brady put a stamp on his legacy after ending the Patriot's game drought with a 10-point deficit. In this game, the athlete was also able to capture his fourth Super Bowl ring and third MVP award in the 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. 

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2. Inspiring young fan

Photographs, GIFs, and wholesome memes about this moment are on the internet. Brady has shared a heart-warming moment with a nine-year-old fan who suffers from brain cancer. After becoming the first-ever quarterback in NFL history to throw 600 career touchdown passes, the athlete greeted the young fan and put a hat on his head. 

The boy, Noah Reeb, later told the press that Brady had sent him a personalised video greeting after the latter learned the youngster's situation. 

3. Super Bowl XXXVI

The athlete won the first of his seven NFL titles at the Super Bowl XXXVI. In a game-winning drive in closing minutes in the closing minutes that ended with Adam Vinatieri's 48-year-old field goal as time expired to seal a 20-17 win over the St Louis Rams. 

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4. Dominating NFL MVP Peyton Manning

Athletes Peyton Manning and Brady have the greatest rivalry in NFL history. As far as the latter's record is concerned, five-time NFL MVP Manning has only won six of their 17 playoffs. It is clear that Brady has set the tone since Patriots and Colts games at the American Football Conference (AFC) championship on January 18, 2004.

5. Superbowl LI

At the Superbowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons had a momentous 28-3 lead, putting the latter's defense on its heels. Luckily, the quarterback has led the Patriots with a furious comeback starting with 25 unanswered points to force overtime in the final seconds of regulation.

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