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.