Tom Brady Finally Hangs Up His Helmet


Zain Tariq, Staff Writer

Feb 1, 2022 – Tom Brady announces his retirement at age 44 after 22 seasons in the NFL. Brady makes the phone call to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talking about his retirement plans. Later in the day, Brady posts a video on Instagram and all of his other social media, confirming that he is indeed retiring, He was tearful and thanked all his former teammates, coaches, and teams. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you all,” Brady says. Many fans on the internet did not believe that Brady was retiring for good, as he has had previous events in which he claimed he was retiring, but this time was for real. The former sixth-round pick finishes his career with every accolade possible and is known by many as the greatest of all time. Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny Brady’s love for the game and his impact on the sport. 

By the mid-2000s Tom Brady was the leader of the gridiron. In 2002, he became the youngest quarterback in the history of the NFL to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. Two years later, in 2004, he led the New England Patriots to their second Super Bowl title in three years. Brady ranks first in wins (251), pro bowls, Super Bowl MVP awards, completions, and playoffs. 

Let’s look at some of Brady’s accomplishments:

  • 7x super bowl champion (More than any franchise and player) 
  • NFL all-time passing yards leader (89,214) 
  • NFL all-time touchdown passes (649) 
  • 3x MVP 
  • 23 NFL Seasons 
  • 15x Pro Bowl 
  • 3x 1st team all pro 
  • 3x AP MVP 

Tom Brady was born on August 3rd, 1977. Brady’s interest in football started as a kid. He was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. Brady played as a QB in flag football as a kid. Brady first played organized football as a freshman at San Mateo’s Junipero Serra High School, an all-boys Catholic school. By his junior year, he was a starting quarterback, and by his senior year, he was being noticed by college and pro scouts. Tom earned a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

The New England Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. At the 2001 training camp Brady was one of the most improved players. Led by an inexperienced quarterback, the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002. Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, said that on the day he first shook hands with Brady, Tom said, “Hi, my name is Tom Brady and I am the best decision that this organization has ever made.” And the rest was all history.