After mixed reports came out over the weekend, Tom Brady officially announced his retirement on Instagram Tuesday morning.
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“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,” Brady wrote. “There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported over the weekend Brady was retiring before other reports stated Brady had yet to make a decision.
The seven time Super Bowl Champion steps away after 22 seasons in the NFL. He tallied five Super Bowl MVP trophies along with six All-Pro selections, and 15 Pro Bowl nods.