Tom Brady Retires at 44 Years Old

In 2008, I watched David Tyree catch a football on his helmet, spoiling the Patriots perfect season. My dad was in shambles, but I was a happy eleven-year-old.

Since then, I watched my team fall apart after the 2011 Super Bowl (another Brady L brought to you by the Big Blue Wrecking Crew) and Brady redeem himself, becoming the powerhouse he is retiring as.

The man is insane. His dedication and his passion for football is nothing short of genuine.

I have always believed the sport of football is an “all-in” proposition — if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. -Tom Brady in his retirement statement

Let’s take a look at this statement in action:

All from the man who was chosen at #199 overall in the 2000 draft. That’s right — #199 in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Between Deflategate and kissing his sons (completely normal, throw away your toxic masculinity, please), Brady has caught some heat within his 22-year career as the quarterback to be. Despite these controversies, no one can watch this man play football and honestly claim, “He sucks”.

That stems completely from insecurity and subjectivity. The numbers don’t lie, and the passion shows in the milestones.

At 44 years old, Brady is leaving a legacy of football that will be the G.O.A.T-standard-to-meet for the next legend to fulfill and exceed. In 2027, Brady will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The question that still remains is this: will he retire as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer or sign a one-day, final contract with the New England Patriots and retire in the colors he called home?

(I’ll give you a hint — its probably the team he spent half of his life with).

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