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Tom Brady Just Officially Retired Again In An Emotional Video—And Everyone's Thinking The Same Thing

The Tampa Bay quarterback famously announced his retirement last year, only to reverse course 40 days later.

Screenshots of Tom Brady announcing his retirement a second time

Sports fans thought they had a déjà vu moment when famed NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement.


Brady, who spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2019 before spending his final three seasons playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, addressed fans with a familiar announcement on social media.

"I'm retiring for good," he said in a selfie video posted on his social early Wednesday morning.

Photos in the accompanying slideshow included pictures of his children, parents and ex-wife Gisele Bündchen, to whom he was married for 13 years.

He continued:

“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, let you guys know first so it won’t be long-winded.”

He kept his promise in the 53-second clip, seen below.

Brady wrapped things up with humor by poking fun at his first announcement last year.

“You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year."
“Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing,

The 45-year-old Super Bowl MVP quit the NFL last year to spend more time with his family.

He expressed his gratitude online for the opportunities he was given and for the support he had from family and friends.

On February 1, 2022—exactly a year before he announced his retirement again on Wednesday—Brady wrote:

"I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore."
"I have loved my NFL career, and now is my time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention."

However, he un-retired 40 days later, saying he would return to the Buccaneers for the 2022 season.

In this year's retirement announcement, Brady wrote a caption expressing nothing but love.

"I love my family
I love my teammates
I love my friends
I love my coaches
I love football
I love you all"
"I am truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️"

Many of his loyal fans who view him as the GOAT—Greatest Of All Time—wished him well.

But there were also skeptics who ribbed him about retirement 2.0.

Brady faced scrutiny for un-retiring last year because he previously cited being a devoted father and husband was more important.

Many speculated his return to the NFL and prioritizing football over family may have contributed to the dissolution of his marriage. Brady and Bündchen share two children, Benjamin, 12 and Vivian, 9.

He also has a 15-year-old son Jack with actress Bridget Moynahan.

Bündchen said in an interview with Elle magazine in September–a month before their divorce became official–she was concerned about Brady's decision to continue participating in the violent sport.

She told the magazine:

"Ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy too."

But after years of supporting Brady and taking care of the family, she added:

"Now it's going to be my turn. I've done my part, which is to be there for him."
"I moved to Boston and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my children to grow up in and to be there supporting him and his dreams."