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On January 29, ESPN reported that legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady would be retiring from football after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl rings.
ESPN’s sources were unidentified, but after the report was published, countless people, including Brady’s teammates, former teammates, friends, fans, and even his company TB12Sports tweeted celebrating the legendary athlete. The NFL even tweeted several congratulatory posts.
TB12Sports tweeted, “7 Super Bowl Rings. 5 Super Bowl MVPs. 3 League MVP Awards. 22 Incredible Seasons. Thank you for it all, @TomBrady,” but it has since been deleted.
Around noon on January 29, Adam Schefter, an ESPN NFL Insider, tweeted a text he received from Brady’s agent Don Yee, which explained that the reports about Brady’s retirement were “speculation.”
Several sites have now reported that Brady actually hasn’t come to a decision on his retirement. Jeff Howe, and NFL National Insider for The Athletic tweeted that Brady called his team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, himself to let them know he’s “not even close to making a decision” about retirement.
Now, Tom Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., has told KRON4 that his son is not retiring. Mike Girardi, who works for the NFL Network, tweeted that he personally reached out to Brady Sr., who said the following:
On Monday night (Jan. 31), Brady will be appearing on the Sirius XM radio show “Let’s Go!” It will air at 7:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio and on SiriusXM NFL Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET. Because of all these rumors, people seem to think he will be addressing them himself – either confirming his retirement, or saying he will be playing one more year. Guess we will find out later!
After the Buccaneers loss to the Los Angeles Rams on January 23, Brady took to Instagram and said, “I understand that at this stage in my career, there is going to be interest in my future whenever a season ends, but this week, all that is on my mind is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans that have supported us all year long.”
Watch Tom Brady talk about his off season plans during “Let’s Go!” just last week.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter gives the latest updates on the Brady rumors, doubling down that he will be retiring, but announcing it on his own time.