Tom Brady Officially Announces Retirement From NFL After 22 Seasons

Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.

Just after 9:30 Tuesday morning, the future Hall of Famer posted to Instagram, informing the world of his decision to step away from the game after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl wins, the most by any player in NFL history.

"This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore," Brady said in his post. "I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention."

In his message, the former Patriots and Buccaneers quarterback said the game of football requires an "all-in proposition" and if that level of "competitive commitment isn't there, you won't succeed."

Brady played the first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots after being selected with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Brady, as a member of the Patriots, led the team to six Lombardi Trophies.

Then after the 2019 season, Brady left the Patriots for Florida, signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played the final two seasons of his career with the Buccaneers, winning a Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

Brady leaves the NFL as the all-time leader in passing yards with more than 84,500, passing touchdowns with 624, passing completions and wins by a quarterback with 243.

In addition to appearing in a record 10 Super Bowls, Brady has also been named the NFL's Most Valuable Player three times, and he could soon win a fourth. Brady's name has been consistently brought up in the MVP discussion for his performance this season. Brady lead the league this season with just over 5,300 passing yards and 43 touchdowns, leading the Buccaneers to a 13-4 regular-season record. Brady and the Buccaneers fell to the Los Angeles Rams to 30-27 in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs.

Brady, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, thanked his teammates with the Buccaneers, Bucs fans, the city of Tampa, his parents and finally, his wife and children on Instagram.

"And lastly to my wife, Gisele, and my children Jack, Benny and Vivi. You are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement. I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her selflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our family. Te amor da minha vida"

Brady added, "my playing career has been such a thrilling ride, and far beyond my imagination" and that he feels like "the luckiest person in the world."

Update 2/1/2022 11:20 AM ET - This story has been updated with additional information.

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Seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement after 22 seasons in the NFL. Pictured, Brady reacts in the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images