Tom Brady officially announces retirement

Tom Brady, San Francisco 49ers
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is retiring, with the future Hall of Famer announcing his decision Tuesday on Instagram.

The 44-year-old’s decision to retire comes days after ESPN first reported he planned to hang up his cleats. While he strongly denied the rumors at the time, many around the NFL anticipated this decision.

  • Tom Brady career stats: 84,520 passing yards, 624 passing touchdowns, 97.6 QB rating, 64.2% completion rate

A seven-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Super Bowl MVP, Brady steps away as the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

He holds the NFL’s all-time records in quarterback wins (243), completions (7,263), passing touchdowns (624), yards (84,520) and owns every postseason passing record.

Brady’s departure will leave the NFL looking for a new face of the sport, while the Buccaneers must join a crowded field of teams looking for quarterbacks.

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