Tom Brady: Is It Really Over?

After a thrilling career Tom Brady “retires” at the age of 44


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Brady’s incredible career comes to an interesting conclusion.

Lars Harris, Sports Co-Editor

In the sixth round with the 999 pick in the 2000 NFL draft the New England Patriots selected Michigan Wolverines quarterback Tom Brady. With a 40-yard time of 5.24 seconds and low vertical for a quarterback, Brady was far from an elite prospect going into the draft.

After 22 seasons, Brady retired at the age of 40 with arguably the greatest NFL career and the stats and records to back it up. The Patriots Slogan is “Do Your Job” and that is exactly what Brady did every time he stepped on the field. In his 22 season career, he managed to earn the All-Time Super Bowl title leader beating every NFL franchise with titles. Along with Brady’s titles he is a five time Super Bowl MVP, three time MVP and has been voted to 15 Pro Bowl games.

He also holds the record for game winning drives and fourth quarter comebacks earning him the nickname the “Comeback Kid.”  In one of his significant performances with the Patriots during Super Bowl LI, the team was down 28-3 going into the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. Brady (with the help of former tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman) lead a 25-point comeback to take the game into the first overtime in Super Bowl history. With an overtime comeback triumph against the Falcons, this secured him a path to go down as one of, if not the greatest quarterback of all time.

After 20 years of making history and being a part of one of the most extraordinary dynasties, Brady left the Patriots as a free agent. During the 2020 offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked him up along with a few other championship caliber players, such as Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Leonard Fornett. Bill Belichick guided Brady through his 20 years with the Patriots and built one of the strongest coach-player bonds.

“I am privileged to have drafted and coached Tom Brady, the ultimate competitor and winner,” Belichick said.

Many Patriot’s fans were shocked and distraught by this news. Chase Staley (11) is a die-hard Patriots and Brady fan who was surprised by the big news of his transfer.

“I think it felt strange more than anything to me though, it was the first time in my life I wouldn’t see him wearing a Patriots jersey,” Staley said.

From creating one of the greatest dynasties in football history to breaking records left and right, gives a real scope of Brady’s impact on the game. Just like every good thing, it must come to an end but with Brady there is really no telling.

“I’m not looking to come out of retirement, but never say never,” Brady said.

He may be arguably one of the most talented and dedicated players to touch the field but undoubtedly, he has earned the title as “The G.O.A.T.”

Editor’s note:  After the writing of this story, Tom Brady has officially come out of retirement and will remain an active player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.