The news was first shared by ESPN, who published an open letter in commemoration of Brady’s glowing career.
“Thank you. These were the first words that came to mind,” it read. “They aren’t too profound. But when thinking about what covers the bases for all in the NFL community – fans, reporters, rivals and the like – it seems to do it in the clearest, most concise and compelling manner.”
“We will look forward to hearing from you when the time is right,” it went on. “Until then, on behalf of many, let’s leave it here for now: Thank you.”
— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2022
Brady himself has yet to release a statement on the matter, with his agent later telling the Associated Press: “Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business ad the planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”
Brady is largely considered the greatest NFL quarterback in history, playing for the New England Patriots for an incredible 20-years. In March 2020 he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, securing his seventh Super Bowl win. He also boasts the most NFL career wins ever, at a whopping 243.