While I figured this day would come, I’d never thought I’d see this day come — if that makes any sense.
Tom Brady officially retired after 22 seasons in the NFL that spawned seven Super Bowl titles in 10 tries, five Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVPs, and records for most touchdown passes (624) and passing yards (84,520). And, as they say during TV commercials, there’s more:
- 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
- NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
- 3× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
- 3× Second-team All-Pro (2005, 2016, 2021)
- 15× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009–2018, 2021)
And think about this for a minute: Brady played in 10 Super Bowls out of 22 seasons. That’s almost at a 50% clip!
What quarterback are we going to see going forward that would make a Super Bowl appearance every other year? Hell, which of them will play in more than a handful — let alone 10?
As much as this Steeler fan is happy to see Brady exit stage right, the NFL fan in me is sad to see him go. To witness his greatness for 22 seasons is something that I will be forever grateful for.
So big ups to you, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. I feel confident in saying that we will NEVER see anything like you again — not only in the NFL, but in ALL pro sports.