Star Tom Brady confirms his retirement

American Tom Brady, considered the best player in the history of the NFL American football league, confirmed his retirement from the sport on Tuesday, bringing down the curtain on a legendary 22-season career.

The 44-year-old iconic Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made the announcement via Instagram.

Winner of a record seven Super Bowls, Brady said he is leaving the sport after deciding he could no longer take on the job. "competitive engagement" to continue.

"I have always believed that the sport of football is a total proposition: if there is not a 100% competitive commitment, you will not succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game."Brady wrote.

"Every day a physical, mental and emotional challenge that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. This is hard for me to write, but here it goes: I’m not going to make that competitive commitment anymore."advertisement.

"I have loved my career in the NFL, and now is the time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention."advanced.

Brady’s announcement ends three days of speculation about the imminent end of his career.

The news of his retirement had been advanced on Saturday by ESPN citing multiple sources close to the player.

That day, Brady did not make any public comment, while other media reported that he had contacted the ‘Bucs’ to assure them that he had not made any decision.

On Monday, the former New England Patriots frontman explained on his own podcast that he was considering his future on a day-to-day basis.

"I think when the time is right I will be ready to make a decision one way or the other, as I said last week."he claimed.

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Brady’s decision drew numerous reactions Tuesday, including league commissioner Roger Goodell, who said he will be remembered "as one of the greatest who never played in the NFL".

"An incredible competitor and leader, his stellar career is remarkable for its longevity but also for the sustained excellence he demonstrated year after year."Goodell wrote in a statement.

Since being selected an astonishing 199th overall in the 2000 Draft, Brady has led the New England Patriots through two remarkable decades to six Super Bowl titles, all under the guidance of his mentor, Bill Belichick.

In 2020, the quarterback left the franchise of his life to join the Buccaneers, who were one of the weakest teams in the NFL and hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007.

When few expected him back at the top, Brady led the ‘Bucs’ to a new Super Bowl title against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 at the age of 43.

With seven championships and 10 Super Bowl appearances, more than any NFL franchise, Brady still led Tampa to a record of 13 wins and 4 losses in the regular season this season.

Brady’s dream of an eighth championship vanished on January 23 with the 30-27 loss in the divisional round against the Rams, in which the ‘quarterback’ was about to star in a new miraculous comeback after trailing by 27- 3 in the third quarter.

Brady leaves the NFL with a total of three MVP awards (Most Valuable Player), 15 elections to the Pro Bowl (Game of the stars) and as the historical leader in passing yards.

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