Tom Brady announces retirement in video on Twitter

Tom Brady is retiring, he announced in a video on Twitter just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old quarterback legend has spent three seasons with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Brady has won seven Super Bowls.

“Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring. For good,” he said in his video message.

“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” he explained. 

“Won’t be longwinded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year,” Brady said. “So really thank you guys so much, to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, there’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”

The decision comes after Brady said in February 2022 that he’d retire from the NFL, but his time off the field barely lasted 40 days. He reversed that decision in March.

The Buccaneers reposted his video on their social media accounts and shared a photo of him with the caption “Thank you.”

Following the announcement, Brady posted dozens of photos on his Instagram stories depicting moments with his family, teammates in the locker room, and his children in his jersey. 

Messages of support poured in for Brady, revered by many as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, on his social media posts.

Soccer legend David Beckham commented on his Instagram video, “We love you man.” Meanwhile, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes commented with three goat emojis with “goat” standing for “Greatest of All Time.”

The news also comes about three months after Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen officially divorced after 13 years of marriage in October. 

Brady and Bündchen married in 2009 and share two children, Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9. The NFL star is also father to 15-year-old son Jack with ex Bridget Moynahan.