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Tom Brady Officially Announces Retirement

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots leaves federal court after contesting his four game suspension with the NFL on August 31, 2015 in New York City. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman had required NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Brady to be present in court when the NFL and NFL Players Association reconvened their dispute over Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension. The two sides failed to reach an agreement to their seven-month standoff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

It’s official: After 22 seasons, Tom Brady has announced his retirement.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback made the announcement via social media on Tuesday, sharing a photo and a statement. “I have always believed the sport of football is an “all-in” proposition – if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed and success is what I love so much about our game,” Brady wrote.

There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential.  And I have tried my very best these past 22 years.  There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.” 

And:  “This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes:  I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore,”

Brady added. “I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.

His statement went on to thank teammates, coaches, fans, and family for their support.

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