Report: Tom Brady retires from NFL after 22 seasons


Seven Super Bowl titles is the end of the line for Tom Brady.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, months away from his 45th birthday, is retiring from football after 22 seasons, 10 Super Bowl appearances, 15 Pro Bowls, three MVP awards and countless other records. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported the news on Saturday.

UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): Brady has yet to inform the Bucs he is retiring, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

Brady's agent, Don Yee, also issued a statement noting that Brady will be "the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy."

Our Tom E. Curran reports Brady is currently out of the country.

Brady, who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots, had said for years that he planned on playing until age 45.

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Brady, who turns 45 on Aug. 3, has already outlasted every player from his own draft class in 2000, when the Patriots selected him 199th overall in Bill Belichick’s first season. He’s also outlasted every player drafted in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Brady led the league in both passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) in 2021, the second time in his career he's led the NFL in both categories in the same season (2007).

A member of the Hall of Fame all-decades teams from both the 2000s and 2010s, Brady retires as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (84,520), passing touchdowns (624) and completed passes (7,263). Brady retires after 47 career playoff games, most all-time and 15 more than the next-closest player in former Patriots teammate Adam Vinatieri. His 318 regular season appearances are seventh-most all-time.

Brady won a Super Bowl title with the Bucs in 2020 but fell short in his quest for back-to-back titles when Tampa Bay fell to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round.

Over 285 appearances with New England, including 283 starts, Brady went 219-64, plus 30-11 in the postseason and 6-3 in Super Bowls. He won MVP honors with the Patriots in 2007, 2010 and 2017, though didn't win the Super Bowl in any of those seasons. Brady was MVP in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX and LI with New England and LV in Tampa Bay.

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