Tom Brady made it official Tuesday morning, posting a 962-word statement on Instagram announcing his retirement from the NFL.
Much of it focused on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he played two of his 22 seasons.
There was no mention of his 20 seasons with the Patriots, nor was there any use of the Oxford comma. However, there were shout-outs to Alex Guerrero, as well as plugs into his business endeavors.
Here is Brady’s statement:
I have always believed that the sport of football is an “all-in” proposal – if a 100% competitive commitment is not there, you will not succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. There is a physical, mental and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I’ve been trying my best for the last 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.
It’s hard for me to write, but here it goes: I’m not going to take on the competitive commitment anymore. I’ve loved my NFL career and now it’s time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.
I have reflected a lot over the past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now it’s best that I leave the track to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.
To my Bucs teammates for the last two years, I love you and I have loved going into battle with you. You have dug so deep to challenge yourself and it inspired me to wake up every day and give you my best. I am always here for you and would like to see you continue to push yourself to be your best. I could not be more pleased with what we achieved together.
To all Bucs fans, thank you. I did not know what to expect when I arrived here, but your support and embrace has enriched my and my family’s lives. I have been honored to play for such a passionate and fun fan base. What a Krewe !!!
To the city of Tampa and the entire Tampa-St. Petersburg region, thank you. It has been wonderful to be a resident of such a fun place to live. I would like to be invited to our next boat parade!
To the Glazer family, thank you for taking the chance with me and supporting me. I know I was demanding at times, but you gave everything we needed to win and your ownership was everything a player could ask for.
To Jason Licht, thank you for your daily support and friendship – I will never forget it. I had never been through free agency and I was a little scared of how we could achieve success. Your leadership gave me confidence and I will always be grateful.
To my head coach Bruce Arians, thank you for sticking with me! Your firm leadership and guidance was ideal. There is no way we could have had success without your experience, intuition and wisdom. I am very grateful.
To all of Buc’s coaches, my sincere thanks for all the hard work, dedication and discipline that goes into creating a winning team. I have learned so much from all of you and will appreciate the relationships we have.
Thank you to every single Bucs employee and employee. Each of you is critically important and I was greeted with a smile every day. it means so much to me. Your work consists of long hours and hard tasks, but you must know that I see each and every one of you. thank you.
Thanks to Alex Guerrero. I could never have done every Sunday without you; it’s that simple. Your dedication to your craft and our friendship and brotherhood is immeasurable. We have an unbreakable bond and I love you.
To Don Yee and Steve Dubin, thank you. You’ve been with me all the way since I left the University of Michigan and before I joined the league. What a journey it has been and I could not do it without you.
To my parents and the whole family (and extended family with countless friends), I love you for your endless support and love. I could never have imagined the time and energy you have given me over the last 30 years in football. I can never pay you back. And I just know I love you so much.
And finally to my wife, Giselle, and my kids Jack, Benny and VIV. You are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement. I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her seflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally and I am indescribable what you mean to me and our friendship. Te amo amor da minha vida ♥
My playing career has been such an exciting trip, and far beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs. When you’re in it every day, you really do not think about any kind of ending. As I sit here now, however, I think of all the amazing players and coaches I was privileged to play with, and against the competition was fierce and deep, JUST SO WE CAN. But the friendships and relationships are just as violent and deep. I will remember and cherish these memories and revisit them often. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
The future is exciting. I’m lucky to have founded incredible companies like @ autograph.io @bradybrand @ tb12sports, which I look forward to continuing to help build and grow, but exactly what my days will look like will be a work-in-progress. progress. Like I said before, I will take it day by day. I know for a fact that I will spend a lot of time giving to others and trying to enrich other people’s love, just as so many have one for me.
With much love, appreciation and gratitude.
As he left the Patriots out of his official retirement announcement Tuesday morning, Brady acknowledged in the hours after the Pats in his Instagram story, shared team owner Robert Kraft’s statement and thanked the team.