On the 2nd (Korean time), the homepage of the National Football League (NFL) announced the retirement of quarterback Tom Brady (46, Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Brady posted on his social media (SNS) account the day before, “I’ll just tell you the point. I’m retiring. Forever,” he wrote. Then he said, “I won’t be blunt. I said everything I wanted to say when I announced my retirement last year. Thank you to those who have supported me so far.” Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, winning 7 Super Bowl championships, 5 Super Bowl MVPs, and 3 regular league MVPs in 23 seasons. In particular, Super Bowl victories and MVP are his personal records. Brady has won the Super Bowl more times than the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers 메이저사이트 (6 times), which are the most winning clubs, and is called “a player greater than the team.”
This is the second time Brady has announced his retirement. In February of last year, “I don’t think I will be able to devote myself competitively (in the field) anymore. Now is the time to focus my time and energy on other areas (home) that require my attention,” he said, announcing his first retirement. He wanted to spend more time with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, 43, a former model, and their son Benjamin, 14, and daughter Vivian, 11. But Brady soon changed his mind. After about 40 days, he said, “I realized that where I should be is on the field, not in the stands. There will come a time when you will have to retire, but not now. My career is not over,” he said, overturning his retirement.
Brady, who chose the NFL over his family, paid a price. In October of last year, he and his wife, Bunchen, split after 13 years of marriage. It was news that shocked the American sports and entertainment world. The two, who got attention as a ‘superstar couple’ in 2009 and got married, became famous as a ‘lovebird couple’.
He returned to the field giving up even his family, but Brady did not perform as well as he expected. His touchdowns totaled 25, only half of his last season (43). His passing yardage also decreased significantly. However, the seasoned beauty of succeeding in a ‘one shot’ in the game was still the same. He showed a high pass success rate of 66.8% in 17 games and led his team to first place in the Southern District of the National Conference for the second consecutive year. However, his dream of winning the 8th title was never realized. Tampa Bay, led by Brady, was eliminated early on the 17th by losing to the Dallas Cowboys 14-31 in the first round of the playoffs, the wild card game. After this game, Brady’s contract with Tampa Bay also ended. The New York Times of the United States said, “This season did not go as Brady planned. I don’t know if it was worth playing (even overturning his retirement),” he gave a negative evaluation.
Some are concerned about the possibility of Brady reversing his retirement again. He insists that there is no way he will go through with a divorce in order to play just one more season. Brady is still competitive on the NFL stage, if not as well as he was in his prime. Regarding this, Brady’s SNS is overflowing with comments from fans saying, “I’ll see if he returns in a few days this time.”
However, the prevailing view among experts is that the chances of Brady returning are slim. This is because he signed a huge commentary contract with Fox Sports last year. The size of his contract is a total of 375 million dollars (about 457 billion won) over 10 years, which is more than the total annual salary he received during his active career.
Tampa Bay posted an image of the number 12 (Brady’s uniform number) with the hashtag “#ThankYouTom (Thank you Tom)” on the club’s homepage and social media account. Next-generation star quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), who is being discussed as Brady’s successor, plastered a goat icon meaning ‘GOAT’ on social media. Tottenham’s special striker Harry Kane of England’s professional football team also accompanied the goat icon, saying, “Congratulations on your retirement with great achievements. He said, “Let’s meet at the golf course.”