Tom Brady Confirms Retirement Reports Following Breaking News

After multiple breaking reports made headlines this past weekend, Tom Brady officially announced his retirement via social media.

Reports have been swirling that seven-time super bowl champion Tom Brady is allegedly retiring from the NFL. The seemingly confirmed announcement comes after ESPN Sports Reporter Jeff Darlington and ESPN Senior NFL insider Adam Schefter broke the news on Twitter with Darlington, citing “multiple sources” relaying the information. As of yesterday February 1st, Tom Brady officially announced his retirement confirming the insider reports and public speculation.

Amidst those sudden headlines, there seemed to be yet an official confirmation from Brady himself, leaving some football and Brady fans alike befuddled following the unexpected news. According to a report by The Athletic prior to Brady addressing the public and as stated by Jeff Howe, an NFL National Insider for the publication, Tom Brady notified the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he’s been with for nearly two seasons since transitioning from the New England Patriots after nineteen years, that “he’s not even close to making a decision about retirement,” as told by The Athletic.

The latest development came as silence from Brady loomed. However, this seemingly was not the case for much longer. On January 31st, CBS Boston reported the superstar athlete could potentially address fans and the media via his SiriusXM podcast show with Jim Gray at 7 pm EST.

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In a January 29th statement from Brady’s agent Don Yee, two days prior to the podcast’s airing, shared by NFL Network Reporter Tom Pelissero and reposted by the NFL’s official Twitter account, he stated, “I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”

Though Brady did not directly affirm his retirement on the SiriusXM podcast show, he communicated to Jim Gray and listeners that “he hasn’t yet made a decision to retire,” as described by CBS Boston in an update following their original January 31st report. “I’m still just going through the process I said I was going through,” he told Jim Gray and listeners. “I think when the time is right, I’ll be ready to make a decision one way or another, like I said last week.”

Following these January 31st statements, Brady made an Instagram post on February 1st verifying the previous weekend’s retirement accounts. In his message, Brady extended gratitude towards his team and fans, also opening up about this past year being “incredibly rewarding personally and professionally.” He went on to show his appreciation for those who “worked their ass off” in helping with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ success, further praising his (now former) team and supporters.

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