Tom Brady Dec 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after beating the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, after much debate about his next move, Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL “for good.” Of course, Brady “retired” on Feb. 1 last year as well. But that only after a lot of pushback against ESPN reports he was doing so, and he eventually came back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers six weeks later. This time around, the Brady news came from a video he posted to Twitter himself, and it came with a “I’m retiring, for good.”

“Good morning, guys, I’ll get to the point right away, I’m retiring, for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long-winded: you only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year. I really want to thank you guys so much, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever, there’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you all.”

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington relayed that Brady informed the Buccaneers he was retiring before posting the video, and that despite all the talk, Brady playing elsewhere this year wasn’t probable:

Weirdly, this announcement does come the week that 80 for Brady (about a group of older Patriots’ fans road trip to watch Brady in Super Bowl LI, with Brady himself as a producer and “very natural actor“) launches in theaters. So this adds to the general talk about Brady, but on a very different level.

If this is indeed the end of Brady’s playing career, the 45-year-old quarterback leaves with a vast quantity of NFL records. Those include Super Bowl appearances (10), victories (seven: six with the New England Patriots and one with the Buccaneers), and MVP awards (five), career regular-season passing yards (89,214) and touchdowns (614), and career regular-season wins (251). And many who played against him had plenty to say Wednesday, including Kansas City Chiefs‘ quarterback Patrick Mahomes posting three goat (greatest of all time) emojiis:

Star defensive end J.J. Watt, who also announced his retirement this offseason, also had a goat emoji to offer, plus a “newly retired” group:

Former NFL DT and current ESPN analyst Marcus Spears also had a GOAT reference:

Current Green Bay Packers‘ tackle David Bakhtari played at the same high school as Brady, Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA, so he brought that up:

Other former NFL players, like Matt Cassel (who played with Brady from 2005-08 with the Patriots), referenced Brady’s previous retirement:

If this retirement does indeed spell the end for Brady’s playing career, it will be interesting to see what comes next for him, including his potential move to Fox on that $375 million contract.

[Tom Brady on Twitter; photo of Brady on Jan. 1 from Nathan Ray Seebeck/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.