From rumor to fact: how was Tom Brady’s process to announce his retirement from American football
Tom Brady he just announced his retirement from football. The seven-time champion of Super Bowl He ended up confirming the rumor that has spread through the news sites and social networks in recent days, although he came from having denied some of the versions. At 44 years old and with no chance of fighting for the eighth time for the title he won in so many others, the quarterback made, as suspected, the final decision to leave the NFL.
It all started on Saturday, exactly one week after the Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell 27-30 to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs divisional. On the first day of the weekend, both ESPN What NFL Network began to spread the news that the Californian married to Gisele Bündchen was going to leave American football.
Since the announcement of ESPN, that the information had come through different sources that the media did not identify, other sites, including the US agency AP, began to publish the novelty and even the Twitter account of the NFL He began to thank the player who was there for 22 years for his career and the rings he had won.
The channel’s journalists were based in part on the sayings that Brady had declared a week before in the podcast “Let’s Go!” about how he wanted to spend more time with his children and his wife. There, he expressed that American football was “very important” in his life and that “the biggest difference” now that he was 44 years old was that he had children, he cared a lot about them and wanted to give them what they deserved from him as a father . He also talked about Gisele, whom he described as his main support. In addition, he explained why he wanted to give them attention: “They gave me what I needed in the last six months to do what I loved.” In turn, he considered that being together was what he wanted as a family and closed: “I’m going to spend time with them and see in the future what comes”.
It was then that the rumors that came from leaks began and ended up in the information from last Saturday. However, the representative of the idol of the NFL, Don Yee, was in charge of asking for caution before the versions, saying: “I understand that there are conjectures about Tom’s future. Without going into whether what is reported is correct or incorrect, Tom will be the only person who will express his plans in a totally reliable way.. He knows the realities of the football business and the planning schedule as well as anyone, which is why it should happen soon.”
Brady, who had a contract with the Tampa Bay during 2022, he first spoke on the subject after news of his retirement Monday night on the podcast SiriusXM de NFL Radio. There, the American football star stated, on the one hand: “It is always good to clarify that I am responsible for what I say and do, and not responsible for what others say or do”.
“I think one thing I’ve learned about sports is that you control what you can control, and what you can’t, you leave to others. We are in such an information age in which people want to be on top of the news all the time and I totally understand that. I understand that that is the environment we are in. But I think mine is literally day to day. I’m just trying to do the best I can every day, assess things as they happen, and try to make a good decision for myself and my family.”
But the former leader of the New England Patriots It didn’t take him long to finally communicate his decision, which was not surprising because it was already being talked about, but it was surprising because of the quarterback’s secrecy just the day before. This Tuesday, the American crack shared on his networks a photo with the franchise team in which he played until the last time and accompanied it with an extensive farewell message.
“I have always believed that football as a sport is an ‘all-inclusive’ approach. If there is no 100% competitive commitment, you will not succeed, and success is what I like most about our game. There was a physical, mental and emotional challenge EVERY day that has allowed me to maximize my full potential. And I’ve done my best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life,” the quarterback began.
Meanwhile, he said that he found it difficult to write it but stated that he was no longer going to continue with that competitive commitment. “I have loved my career in NFL and now is the time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention”, he stated and added that last week he was reflecting on everything achieved at the team level.
Thus, he expressed that his teammates, coaches and fans deserved 100% of him. “But right now, I’d better leave the playing field to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”, he added.
Tom Brady He then thanked his teammates, the fans, the city of Tampa and included a long list of names of coaches and people who came across his career. What was striking was that he omitted to mention the News England Patriots, with which he achieved great achievements.
Finally, the quarterback dedicated his loved ones: “And finally to my wife, Gisele, and my children Jack, Benny and Vivi. They are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement. I have always left the field and come home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Your selflessness has allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am speechless to express how much you mean to me and our family. I love you love gives my life”.