Tom Brady kicked off the month of February with an official retirement announcement, this time for good. Now Brady made the process official by filing his retirement papers.
While the letter sends a message that Brady is indeed “done for good”, it isn’t irrevocable, and Tom could still return to play in the NFL at any point if he chooses to.
If Tom Brady stays retired for five years, he will then become eligible to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2028. That depends on if the voters deem him good enough to get in, of course.
Chances do seem likely that the GOAT will make in on his first try.
The best player in NFL history.
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Tom Brady was a pending free-agent and would’ve been able to explore free-agency next month had he not retired. Now we’ll wait and see if the temptation to play again takes over Brady or if he stays retired “for good.”
Retiring With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady made the decision not to sign a 1-day contract with the team that drafted him in the 6th round of the 2000 Draft, the Patriots, prior to filing his retirement letter.
While Brady can sign such a ceremonial contract at any point, he still officially retired with the Tampa Bay Bucs and not the Patriots.
Brady played 20 seasons on the Pats, achieving unprecedented success and winning 6 Lombardi Trophies in the process. He’s the Patriots all-time leading in touchdowns, yards, wins and every other passing statistic. Meanwhile, Brady spent three seasons on the Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl in the late age of 43. Remarkably he’s also the Bucs all-time leader in touchdowns.